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Pmhramqp Vmley GmzeUe;Thursday, September 11, 1997 17 Storm brings Pahrump together Continued from front page But while officials are pleased at how the situation was handled, there was still much that needed to improve and damage that could not be avoided. Nye County declared a state of emergency for the Pahrump Valley due to flooding on September 3 after the damage estimates began rolling in. Maison expected that the Nye County Com- missioners would lift the emergency status by Tuesday's meeting. "It's going to take a long time to get all of these roads taken care of," Maison said. "Right now we are still as- ".ssing the damages and try- ing to answer questions and concerns of our citizens." Damage totals as of Mon- day were estimated to be around $2.6 million. Roads were indeed the hardest hit as the Nye County Department of Transportation lost nearly $2 million in road damages and the Nevada Department of Transportation estimated a $120,000 loss. The school district, Central Nevada Utili- ties, Fire Department, Sheriff's Office, Valley Electric Association, Bureau of Land Management, Nye Cotnty Emergency Services also reported heavy losses. Maison said that a meeting was held Monday morning in which the damage totals were shown to Nye County Manager Les Bradshaw. Federal assistance is currently being sought and Bradshaw said he would take Pahrump's case to the state for financial support. Officials were also concerned with the communications system during the emergency. According to Maison, there were only two lines available and during the storm, one was lost. Town Board member Gary Hollis was also concerned that there was no command center available. One fatality was reported when an elderly man became stranded when his car stalled out in floodwater. He at- tempted to walk through the water but suffered a heart attack. Maison said they also handled two severe car 'Meterololgists are forecasting anywhere between eight to 20 inches of rain this winter' Applications for the fall Olympic games LAS VEGAS - The Ne- vada Senior Games, Inc. (NSG) is taking applications for the Fall Olympic Games which will begin October 3 and run through October 13. NSG will be conducting a State Cha-npionship in which athletes will not only vie for the customary gold, silver and bronze medals, but will ob- tain a State ranking in their sport and age bracket. The cost is $30 which in- cludes membership in the Nevada Senior Games, Inc., a tee shirt, invitations to the opening and closing ceremo- nies, a quarterly newsletter and all entry fees into the games. For more information or to register, contact Roger wens, Executive Director of NSG at 294-2954. accidents and several minor fender benders. Earlier this week, David Fanning, Director of the Roads Department and Nye County Commissioner Cameron McRae flew over the valley in a BLM helicopter surveying the damage. The tape was being shown to various town officials as to where prob- lem areas existed and what they can do next time to better handle the situation. Residential damage was last estimated at around $100,000 and rising. Maison said that the fire department is still getting many calls and walk-ins stating that they have house or septic damage and asking where ' they can go for help. The Red Cross has been helping people relocate over the last week, as several families have been faced with unlivable conditions. Town and emergency officials are urging anyone who has damage due to .the flooding that they have not reported yet to do so. Residents with questions or con- cerns are being asked to call 727-5658 or go to the fire station at 350 North Highway 160 to fill out the proper paperwork. All of this comes at a time when EL Nine still looms in the future. What Pahrump experienced in the last week and a half could be insignificant compared to what is predicted to be on the horizon. Meterololgists are forecasting any- where between eight to 20 inches of rain this winter. "We need to plan now for what we could see with EL Nine," Maison said. "A reactive response is not going to help when it happens. A proactive response now could save a lot of our community." Town Board member Charlie Gronda believed the people of Pahrump acted quickly and unselfishly. "All of the people who came out to help, all of the volunteers were great," he said. "I just wanted to thank them for their efforts." Ny e County EMS Pahrump Presents 1997 Fall Basic course. If you are interested in an at,ng career in EMS come sign up x @@ for our fall basic class. Cost: $100 Books: Borrow one from our libary or purchase your own. 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