Las Vegas Strip flooded with MONSOON rain – videos on social media show water flooding casinos.
Some of the most famous casinos, Circa Resort, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Casino and LINQ Hotel were flooded due to the uncontrollable rain on Friday.
A flash flood warning and severe thunderstorm warning were issued for the Las Vegas Valley early Friday morning, the city of Las Vegas said.
Onlookers posted videos on social media showing the devastation along Las Vegas Boulevard.
One video shows water pooling on the floor after bursting through a screen at Circa Resort & Casino.
Another video showed water flowing through the ceiling at Caesars Palace.
Water was also seen flowing through the garage of the LINQ Hotel, taking with it anything light enough to be carried by the water.
Planet Hollywood Casino also had some flooding after the rain created a huge hole in the ceiling.
Alexander Wolf, a Las Vegas resident, told The New York Post that he saw “curtains” of rain when he looked out his window.
“The lightning was almost constant and the power went out several times,” Wolf said.
“The power surge set off fire alarms in several buildings, causing firefighters to go out into the storm to respond.”
No injuries have been reported at this time, Las Vegas Fire Information Officer Tim Szymanski told The Post.
The Post also spoke to Simon Jowitt, an economic geologist and professor at the University of Las Vegas.
He said that although flash floods do not usually occur, the monsoon season is from July to September, which residents expect.
“We have good drainage systems, but sometimes the water just overwhelms them,” Jowitt said.
“This can also be dangerous for homeless people who sometimes live in shelter drainage systems.”
He continued: “Another thing is that it doesn’t rain very often here, so it’s hard to check that roofs and such are actually watertight; probably what happened in the casinos tonight.”
The Sun approached Circa Resort and Casino, which declined to comment, and Caesars Entertainment did not return a comment to The Sun by the time of publication.
News of the flooding in Las Vegas comes after horrific flooding in Kentucky on Thursday.
More than a dozen people have been killed as a result of this natural disaster and more are expected to rise to the death toll.
Homes were submerged and the National Guard had to be deployed.