Video: Undercity – Las Vegas
The urban exploration duo of urban historian Steve Duncan and director Alex Wonder, partnered with Palladium Boots and Vice Magazine to explore the storm drainage system beneath Las Vegas. Regarded as a desert oasis, Las Vegas actually has a surprisingly expansive storm drainage system. It is constructed to prepare for “100 year floods,” a large flood that have a 1 in 100 chance of happening each year after a winter rain or summer snow melt, occurring every few years. These floods can happen rapidly, violently washing away people and their homes set up within the tunnels, occasionally resulting in death. With Palladium boots tightly laced, Steve and Alex brave dark, damp, drainage, and detector to explore the storm drainage system and speak with residents about their experiences living in the tunnels. Stay tuned for part 3, and if you missed it, or haven’t revisited it in a little while, be sure to watch the team’s first collaborative effort bearing the project’s name Undercity.