Vegas floats idea of disaster aid because of drought

Aug 8 2013 - 4:45pm


Hoover Dam, Lake Mead
Hoover Dam, Lake Mead


LAS VEGAS -- The top water official in Las Vegas is floating the idea of seeking federal disaster aid to deal with ongoing drought and dropping water levels at the Colorado River reservoir that provides most of the region's water.

Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal she thinks damage to the region if Lake Mead continues to shrink could compare with Hurricane Sandy last year on the East Coast.

The Lake Mead water level has fallen more than 100 feet since drought began in 2000.

Water managers are due next week to release water level forecasts for the next two years.

The lake is still almost half full, but it's been getting closer to the point that would trigger water supply cuts for Nevada and Arizona.



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