Parts of Mohave County evacuated, over a dozen homes impacted by floods

KINGMAN – Mohave County Development Services Department Operations Center (DOC) reports at least six homes destroyed with four or five more in danger due to flooding along the Beaver Dam Wash and Virgin River in the Littlefield area Wednesday, Dec. 22.
 
The homes in the Beaver Dam Resort have been hit the hardest. A large area of Clark Gable Drive in that Resort has been destroyed. The destroyed homes are from that Resort. About a dozen homes in the Beaver Dam Estates at Park Place have been impacted by water.
 
Mohave County Public Works personnel are working to keep roads free of flood hazard and debris, posting roadway hazard signs and providing flood control mitigation activities along county rights-of-way. In addition, Public Works is attempting to control some of the flows impacting residential areas with traffic control concrete barriers.
 
Right now (5:45 p.m. Wednesday), water levels in the Beaver Dam Wash are rising again. A surge is expected to hit the area around 9 p.m. that may take the levels higher than Tuesday’s peak.
 
Mohave County continues its Stage 3 designation for the area and is asking residents who have evacuated to not return to their homes. Those who have not evacuated should do so. The County Department Operation Center (DOC) is monitoring early warning precipitation gauges and stream-flow gauges.
 
The Red Cross emergency shelter is at the Virgin Valley High School, 820 Valley View Drive, Mesquite, Nev.
 
Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan sent jail inmates to the Beaver Dam area to assist the public during this time of crisis.
 
“Due to the extent of the damage, it is apparent that some people need additional help,” Sheahan said. “The inmates can fill sandbags, load them off trucks or whatever is needed. Maybe some senior citizens might need some help moving items and handling things. There is not a better place for our inmates to be during the holiday season than helping their fellow man.”
 
All of the inmates chosen for this activity are in “for lesser charges and are being supervised by our correctional officers,” he said.
 
The Mohave County DOC has set up a hotline (928-757-0912) for the public to call with questions regarding this flooding incident and to find out how to help or donate assistance. County personnel will answer those questions and also to take reports from residents.

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