Travelers flock to Las Vegas year round to stay in lavish hotels filled with wild entertainment, gambling and nights they’d probably rather forget.
But hundreds of visitors were treated to a truly unique entertainment experience this week as massive flooding hit the Las Vegas Strip, driving cars and wreaking havoc as heavy rain poured into the valley on Thursday.
Journalist Chaudhary Parvez posted a video on Twitter of severe flooding taking over a parking garage in Las Vegas, with water moving rapidly across the ground, taking objects such as a water cooler.
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) August 12, 2022
Another clip showed the Planet Hollywood Hotel being demolished by rainwater in the casino.
If you go to Planet Hollywood tonight, bring an umbrella pic.twitter.com/2S24ldvhiu
— Las Vegas Local (@LasVegasLocally) August 12, 2022
More videos showed cars losing bumpers and swimming through the water on the streets, tires failing to hit the road, and the insides of hotels and casinos getting soaked.
It’s pouring into Vegas and guys’ bumpers are falling off lol. TW pic.twitter.com/dRVn5C1oNd
— 808GRINDΞR ᶦᵏᶻ (@808Grinder) August 12, 2022
According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning is still in effect for Vegas and the surrounding area through Monday, noting that these weather patterns could continue.
“The active monsoon in the West is expected to continue this weekend with a stretch from the Four Corners region and Desert Southwest to the central Rockies,” the report said. NWS stated:. “This rainfall could cause flash flooding and debris flows, especially near recent burn areas. Meanwhile, heavy rain will fall locally this weekend near the Gulf Coast due to the arrival of a cold front and a weak tropical disturbance.”
Las Vegas receives annually about 4.2 inches of rain per year, usually spread over 26 or 27 days. The wettest month is usually February. So far, summer rain in Las Vegas has totaled 1.28 inches, making it the wettest monsoon season since 2012, according to the NWS.
Vegas has had no shortage of flooding this summer.
Just two weeks ago, massive flash floods hit the strip, destroying the interiors of major casinos and hotels.
The weather appears to be clear this weekend, although visitors and residents alike have learned that the skies could open any minute.