Fire retardant in flood foam at Vegas neighborhood - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Fire retardant in flood foam at Vegas neighborhood

Foam covers part of a northwest Las Vegas street after a flood in the area on Aug. 26, 2013. (Source: Robert Chavez) Foam covers part of a northwest Las Vegas street after a flood in the area on Aug. 26, 2013. (Source: Robert Chavez)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

As if the washed-out, debris-filled roads weren't enough, Sunday's torrential rain in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley also produced a mysterious foam.

FOX5 viewer Robert Chavez sent in pictures of the foam, which appeared to be covering a large portion of a road and spilling into a nearby yard near El Capitan Way and Grand Teton Drive.

Jace Radke, spokesman for Las Vegas city government, said the foam was caused by fire retardant that was used to battle the massive Carpenter 1 wildfire near Mt. Charleston last month. He said the retardant was washed into the Las Vegas Valley by Sunday's storm that formed over the mountain and dumped heavy rain for hours.

Dennis Campbell, of the Southern Nevada Health District, said the retardant was composed of water, fertilizer and coloring. He said the fertilizer mixed with the organic material in the drainage system and produced the foam, similar to what happens at the base of waterfalls or along a coast line.

Campbell said the foam is not toxic, but recommends people and animals stay away from it. He said crews were scheduled to clean up the bubbly mess Tuesday afternoon.

Radke said the mound of foam was 40 feet wide and about 4 feet high at its peak.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • SGA Students Create New Interactive Trail for Gulf Park Campus

    SGA Students Create New Interactive Trail for Gulf Park Campus

    Friday, July 28 2017 2:05 AM EDT2017-07-28 06:05:27 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus recently began a project that will inform many on the University’s beachfront campus for years to come. 

    More >>

    Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus recently began a project that will inform many on the University’s beachfront campus for years to come. 

    More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt: Sacred Heart's Campbell Klein

  • Lumberton family shares their fight with West Nile

    Lumberton family shares their fight with West Nile

    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:47 PM EDT2017-07-28 02:47:15 GMT

    The Mississippi State Department of Health reported there are now 12 cases of West Nile Virus in our state Thursday morning. Although, every case is serious, that number pales in comparison, to the 247 cases in 2012. Still, you have to put a human face onto these figures to really know what this virus is capable of doing. For the past five years, the lasting affects of West Nile have been overwhelming for the Courcelle family. "You see it in the movies. You don't ever think you...

    More >>

    The Mississippi State Department of Health reported there are now 12 cases of West Nile Virus in our state Thursday morning. Although, every case is serious, that number pales in comparison, to the 247 cases in 2012. Still, you have to put a human face onto these figures to really know what this virus is capable of doing. For the past five years, the lasting affects of West Nile have been overwhelming for the Courcelle family. "You see it in the movies. You don't ever think you...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly