Environment & Science

Rain clean-up continues in SoCal, shuts I-15 in Nevada

A bulldozer works on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
A bulldozer works on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
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The aftermath from Monday's brief but heavy rains in areas of Nevada and Southern California could take days to clean up. 

The Associated Press reports a section of the I-15 that connects Las Vegas to Salt Lake City will likely be closed for several days as crews get to work. The AP reports: 

In Nevada, transportation officials said the I-15 corridor could be closed for three to four days while they hurry to repair pavement that had crumbled into slabs over muddy red dirt.

A detour added about 50 miles to the trip between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

Parts of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs were also in clean-up mode Tuesday. Remnants from Hurricane Norbert doused the area over the weekend and Monday.

John Adams Elementary School in La Quinta remained closed after flooding forced its evacuation by students and staff during Monday's storm, City News Service reports. 

A statement on the school district's website said classes would resume Wednesday. "All school sites affected by yesterday's rain are working to tidy up from the aftermath of any remnants left from the storm," it said.

Just off the 10 Freeway in Thousand Palms, Little Sister's Truck Wash is one of many businesses that will be closed while crews clean up mud and debris.

"Our driveway right now — we have probably mud that's probably four to five inches of thickness," said the car wash's managerial assistant Francisca Cruz. " We're trying to remove it. And since we're a truck wash it's inconvenient for a truck to stop and get a truck wash, so there's no point for them to stop." 

Cruz said the company had to rent tractors to help with the clean-up, which has cost over $3,000.