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Flooding in tunnels near Strip leaves 2 dead

Updated August 12, 2022 - 3:11 pm

A man died after being pulled from a flood channel near the Las Vegas Strip during heavy rains Thursday night, authorities said.

The Clark County Fire Department said firefighters were called to the area of Mandalay Bay Road near Giles Street at 10:30 p.m. for a person in a flood channel who needed a swift water rescue, according to Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels.

Police and firefighters found the man submerged in water, up against a piece of equipment, in the flood channel. He was pulled from the water and rushed to University Medical Center.

“Unfortunately, the victim died,” Samuels said.

Samuels said the man had no identification on him. It was not clear how he ended up in the channel, but Samuels said that every year, firefighters are called to a handful of fatalities in Las Vegas Valley flood channels during monsoon season.

On Friday afternoon the Fire Department, along with the Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Public Works, were back in the flood channel after a second man’s body was found among debris.

Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Sabrina Schnur contributed to this report.

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