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Melanie Vallet, left, and Madison Bush rescue a mule caught in floodwater Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Overton, Nev. The flood water came from heavy rain Monday that also washed out parts of Interstate 15. (AP Photo/John Locher)
People work to clear water and mud from the driveway of a home Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Overton, Nev. The floodwater came from heavy rain Monday that also washed out parts of Interstate 15. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Jalea Blasingame falls into floodwater Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Overton, Nev. The flood water came from heavy rain Monday that also washed out parts of Interstate 15. (AP Photo/John Locher)
In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, runoff water rushes through the Quad casino parking garage on the Las Vegas Strip and into a flood control channel in Las Vegas. Officials from the Clark County Regional Flood Control District say the garage is a frequent pass-through for floodwaters, and they give the casino advance warning to evacuate the garage when heavy rains hit the Las Vegas area. (AP Photo/Clark County Regional Flood Control District, Joe Damiani)
Corky Rasco rescues a steer caught in floodwater Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Overton, Nev. The flood water came from heavy rain Monday that also washed out parts of Interstate 15. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Construction crews work on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15 Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A bulldozer works on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A minivan is seen in floodwaters beneath Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for the area. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A car is partially buried in mud on Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Receding flood water surrounds a home in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Josh Bryant sits along Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A truck crosses floodwaters on a road in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)
People stand on a road near flood water in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)
People try to free a car stuck in mud from flooding on Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A woman opens a door to a car stuck in mud in flooding on Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Water flows down the middle of Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Water flows down the middle of Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The road is closed in both directions because of the flood damage. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Floodwaters surround a structure as cars on Interstate 15 sit at a standstill Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Moapa, Nev. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the area. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A man stands by a truck after walking through floodwaters in Moapa, Nev. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for the area. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Cars are stuck in flood waters on I-10 east at 43rd Ave. after monsoon rains flooded the freeway in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Heavy storms pounded the Phoenix area early Monday, flooding major freeways, prompting several water rescues and setting an all-time single-day record for rainfall in the desert city. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
Vehicles remain along a section of westbound Interstate 10 following heavy rains and flooding that left motorists stranded during their morning commute on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Monday's record breaking rainfall flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and local streets forcing closures with some areas reporting up to five inches of rain. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
A woman rides her bike through a flooded pathway on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
A man watches floodwaters surge under an overpass Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
A man photographs a street closed because of flooding on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Floodwaters surge Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Floodwaters surge Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Floodwaters surge Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
A dismayed Nick Kriaris wades through his flooded home after heavy rains caused severe flash flooding Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. His home has flooded three times in the past month, and he had just fixing the damage in his home from the previous two monsoon storm floodings when the storm hit. The Monday morning storm set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Floodwaters surge Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Arizona Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall in a single day in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Cars are stuck in flood waters on I-10 east at 43rd Ave. after heavy storms pounded the Phoenix area early Monday, flooding major freeways, prompting several water rescues and setting an all-time single-day record for rainfall in the desert city. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
Cars are stuck in flood waters on I-10 east at 43rd Ave. after monsoon rains flooded the freeway in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Heavy storms pounded the Phoenix area early Monday, flooding major freeways, prompting several water rescues and setting an all-time single-day record for rainfall in the desert city. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
Cars are stuck in flood waters on I-10 east at 43rd Ave. after monsoon rains flooded the freeway in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Heavy storms pounded the Phoenix area early Monday, flooding major freeways, prompting several water rescues and setting an all-time single-day record for rainfall in the desert city. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
Traffic is stopped in the eastbound lanes of I-10 and cars are underwater at 43rd Ave. and I-10 in the westbound lanes in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 after record-setting rainfall caused massive flooding throughout the Valley. More than 20 cars were stranded when fast rising water flooded the underpass. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)
Traffic is stopped in the eastbound lanes of I-10 and cars are underwater at 43rd Ave. and I-10 in the westbound lanes in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 after record-setting rainfall caused massive flooding throughout the Valley. More than 20 cars were stranded when fast rising water flooded the underpass. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)
A pick-up truck driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A truck creates a wake as its driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A student tries to walk along a flooded sidewalk to a non-flooded street so he can be picked up by his parents after schools were closed as heavy rains pour down causing severe flooding Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Flood waters cross a flooded street and wash away a sidewalk as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Drivers attempt to navigate their vehicles through severely flooded streets as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A man hooks up a tow line to his stalled truck in a flooded street Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. Heavy rains in the Las Vegas valley caused flooding on city streets. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Construction crews work on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15 Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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By KEN RITTER

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Road crews were making progress toward re-opening a washed-out stretch of Interstate 15, a transportation official said Thursday, while property damage from flash flooding earlier this week was being assessed in nearby Moapa Valley and an adjacent Indian reservation.

Workers hoped to open one freeway lane in each direction by Friday afternoon to get traffic moving again along the busy truck and tourist route connecting Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Julie Duewel said.

The patched-up road might be able to carry only passenger vehicles, Duewel said. Long-haul trucks might still be detoured onto two-lane highways on a roundabout route through Panaca, Nevada, and Cedar City, Utah.

Oversized loads are banned altogether.

The round-the-clock road work came after flash flooding Monday destroyed a stretch of I-15 around Exit 90 near Moapa. More than 4 inches of rain fell in less than two hours in the hard-baked desert hills.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency in the area due to damage.

The damage assessment involving Glendale, Moapa and the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation came after officials tallied 48 damaged homes in the Overton and Logandale areas downstream on the Muddy River, Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling said.

No dollar estimate was immediately available.

Residents can report flood damage through a phone hotline, 702-455-5717.

County lawmakers will be asked Tuesday for an emergency declaration clearing the way for the region to receive state and federal relief funds.

The flooding also damaged a Union Pacific rail freight line and swelled a river so high that Zion National Park in Utah was briefly closed.

The storm, spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert, dumped heavy rain throughout the Southwest and set a single-day rainfall record Monday in Phoenix.

Duewel said it could take several weeks to fully repair the damaged stretch of I-15. The interstate usually carries about 20,000 vehicles a day.

Authorities have opened a serpentine detour between Exits 75 and 93 through Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park to passenger cars, buses and recreational vehicles.

Trucks were detoured to U.S. 93, Nevada State Route 319, and Utah State Route 56.

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