Fire crews rescued a man from a wash in Las Vegas after a monsoon storm flooded parts of the valley.
Officials responded near the 800 block of Flamingo Road around 10:15 p.m. on Monday.
Deputy Chief Jeff Buchanan said many of the people that live in the washes don’t want to leave their belongings when storms hit.
Dennis Rivas moved to Las Vegas from San Bernardino about a year ago.
"I came out here to turn my life around and I didn’t expect for me to end up back in this place [living in washes]," Rivas said.
By “this place,” he meant down in the washes that run under the city. For him, it’s a home that shields him from the summer sun, but turns deadly when the monsoon season starts.
"It’s scary, you don’t wanna be down there when the rain comes. It’s scary, scary. The water got high up on the street," Rivas said.
When the water started pouring into his home Monday night, Dennis tried his best to save it.
"Saving all of our belongings and stuff, you know, whatever we could. I had a friend got stuck in there and I had to help him out," Rivas said.
Right up the street, firefighters had to rescue another man trapped in the raging waters.
"Rains can be very punitive and the floods that they cause can bring a lot of damage, and in this particular case, I think one of the difficulties for the people that are actually living sometimes in the flood channels, they don’t wanna leave their homes," Chief Buchanan said.
"You’ve gotta be able to let things go, you got all your belongings, say goodbye, only thing we don’t let go of is our friends. We don’t let go of our friends we don’t leave any man behind," Rivas said.
Rivas said for the upcoming storms, he and his friends will be playing it safe and camping in tents at a higher elevation.
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