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Kyle Canyon residents worry increased flooding may wash away their homes

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 9/03/2013 4:16 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Mt. Charleston residents are still dealing with the aftermath of major flooding from recent storms, and in lower Kyle Canyon, there's concern that homes could wash away.
Roxanne Carnevale has owned her lower Kyle Canyon property for nearly two decades. She says her small community has seen its share of severe storms, but has never seen flooding quite like this.

"I’ve been babying these trees for 18 years, and I lost 30 trees this size. Just watched them float away with tears in my eyes," Carnevale said. "40-foot shipping containers just floated away. They looked like ships bouncing on the water. "

The trouble began two Sundays ago, when a hard-hitting storm pounded the valley. Resident Mark Vanni, who lives just behind Carnevale, believes this storm was different because of the recent fires on Mt. Charleston.

The embankment washed out, allowing the flood waters to come through here, which in the 16-17 years I lived here never flowed through here," Vanni said. "Because of the erosion that’s caused by nothing to hold the land back is allowing the debris to flow free.

The debris was evident the following week when another storm rolled through.

"The second flash flood that just came through a few days ago was all grey sludge. Soot," Vanni said.

But that storm didn't even hit lower kyle canyon. it rained on the mountain. And that's what has Carnivale so concerned.

"I’m afraid I’m going to lose everything here," Carnevale said. "You know, if it rains up there, you can't hear it. And [I’m afraid of it] washing us out while we’re sleeping."

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