LAS VEGAS — The most rainfall in more than three years flooded city streets Monday and caused part of a ceiling in the federal courthouse to collapse, authorities said.
The National Weather Service recorded 0.80 of an inch of rain at McCarran International Airport by 4 p.m. Monday--the most rain in one day since a thunderstorm dumped 1.36 inches on the area July 28, 1984. The rain was a continuation of a storm that moved in from California on Saturday and had poured a total of 1.76 inches of moisture into the area.
The most serious damage was at the federal building, where the rain caused a section of the 20-foot-high ceiling of the federal courthouse to collapse on the bench of U.S. District Judge Philip Pro. However, the courtroom was empty because of the noon recess.
"Thank the good Lord the judge wasn't on the bench," Court Clerk Carol FitzGerald said. "He could have been seriously hurt."