ST. GEORGE – Segments of southbound Interstate 15 in Nevada have been washed out and destroyed by the flooding caused by Monday’s heavy rains. I-15 in Nevada is shut down from milepost 64 to milepost 112.
Officials told ABC 13 they expect I-15 to be shut down for three-to-four days.
The National Weather Service out of Las Vegas reported that 4 inches of rain fell on Moapa, Nevada, within the span of two hours. The resultant flooding not only took out parts of the Interstate highway, but also triggered a power outage throughout the area.
While northbound I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, has been reopened, along with Old Highway 91, southbound I-15 remains closed at the Arizona-Utah border.
Mesquite, Nevada, is also still without power Monday night, which may not be restored until sometime Tuesday.
For the time being, as of Monday night, road access to Las Vegas from Utah is unavailable.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, the following areas along I-15, along with U.S. Routes 93 and 95, remain shut down due to the flooding:
- I-15 at mile marker 91 – near Moapa
- I-15 at mile marker 92 – near Overton/Longdale
- State Route 168 between Coyote Springs and Moapa
- US 93 at mile markers 78-80 – south of Coyote Springs
- US 93 at mile markers 54-60 – north of the Glendale junction
- US 95 at mile marker 1 – Laughlin junction (traffic being diverted through Bullhead City, Arizona)
Beyond Las Vegas, I-15 also provides access to California, and is also a major transportation route for commercial trucking.
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