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Updated: 7/22/2013 1:00 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV/MyNews3.com) -- The wicked weather this weekend will mean a massive cleanup effort over the next several days. As of Sunday night there were still many families who weren't able to get back into their homes, mainly the residents at the Atrium Gardens condos.
On Friday, huge trees were knocked over, causing lots of problems including a gas leak at the complex near Pecos and Washington.

The log piles are everywhere, and there is a ten foot tall mountain of tree debris. This is a small sample of the overall but it shows progress in the cleanup.

Energy is back on in some of the buildings. Ismael Araiza and his family got power back early Sunday morning.

"I'm lucky because in my bedroom there is no damage and I have power and I have water, and i'm lucky," Araiza said.

But with power comes a little guilt, because so many neighbors still wait for basic utilities.

"I am sad because my neighbor don't have power. A lot of neighbors, no power," Araiza said.  

After Friday's storm, many condo residents have been staying with family, friends, hotels, or at the shelter quickly provided by the Red Cross.They set it up at nearby Desert Pines High School.

Esperanza Gallardo has been trying to rest and wait to get back home. She is very grateful.

"I can't find the words to describe how these people really help us. They really help us," Gallardo said,"They don't sleep, just thinking for other people. I have no words. I just want to say thank you. thank you very much."

Since Friday, the Red Cross has been helping residents from the Atrium Gardens; and now residents from another apartment complex that suffered damage during Saturday night's storm were also able to use the shelter.

The Red Cross has been extremely busy assisting people this past month from the Carpenter 1 fire, to now the Southern Nevada storms. Shelter manager Mike Edmonds just finished helping fire victims from the mountain; now he's on weather.

"It's just nature. It's the random parts of nature. Other parts to the country experiences larger disasters but Las Vegas has been fortunate not to have any large ones. When it pops out like this, it's a little unusual for us, but the same response happens universally around the Red Cross. We go where we're asked to go," Edmonds said.

They're ready to help more, if new storms pack more punch.

An emergency board meeting is scheduled Monday morning for the Atrium Gardens condos at Desert Pines High School to discuss the cleanup among other storm related issues.
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