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Rain, lighting cause major problems in area THE SIGN SAYS EVERYTHING- This was the site that greeted many valley motorists on Wednesday as they tried to make their way around town. The storm which dumped over four inches of rain in a matter of hours, led to extremely hazardous driving conditions as well as power outages and other weather related problems. photo by Carlton McCasfin by Mary Ann McNeill Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--The Nye County Commission meeting in Tonopah Tuesday wasn't exciting at all but the weather made up for it. Officials and others who had to travel to Tonopah had a difficult time getting home because of a severe storm that dumped a lot of water on the roadways, causing damage and wash outs, especially in the north end of Pahrump. "The roads out there were pretty bad," Fire Chief Vern Lofig said. Members of the Pahrump Volunteer Fire Department were up all night answering motorists' distress calls, fire reports f?om lightning strikes, and electrical sparking from wet lines and connections. The fire department activated an emergency operations center in conjunction with the county because of the on- slaught of the storm. All of the fire department and emer- gency volunteers were asked to be on standby because of the severity of expected problems. Long reported that the north end of Leslie Street was the most severly damaged. "Leslie turned into a canal," he said. "All that water was trying to get to the dry lake bed and that's the normal route for it to take. This is just a precursor (of more severe storms). "We've been worrying about this for a while. We've been trying to secure sand bags, water, food, medical sup- plies, cots, blankets, etc. The agencies that provide these things are reluctant to send them to you unless you're in the middle of an on-going emergency situation." Long said the town will have to purchase the suppliesand Assistant Fire Chief Steve Duga was searchingthrough catalogs and other sources Wednesday for prices and availability. "Peggy (Warner. acting Pahrump town manager) is ac- tively trying to find us a building in which to store supplies.'" Long said. "We probably need a half million sand bags," Long said. "'That sounds like a lot but it's not very much when you look at the big area we have to cover." Long said all the services are cooperating to set up emergency centers throughout Pahrump, such as the Com- munity Center on Highway 160 and the Senior Centerwit's great because ofthe kitchen availability. Saddle West, Days Inn and the Charlotta Inn are participating with room avail- ability for families who may become flooded out. Bishop Steve Rainboit offered the Latter Day Saints church on Wilson for an evacuation center. "That's a great place," Long said, "because it's so high." "We just talked to the county on the availability of school buses if we need them to help evacuate people," Long said. "They're good because they're high out of the water." There were "7 or 8 reports of stranded motorists" and several fire reports from lightning and electrical sparking overnight Tuesday, but they "all proved to be only minor problems," he said. The new Domino's Pizza store was one" of the minor fire calls. Continpageued 2 Potato Dl.a.ft m- Holt Dr4n00 3