VIA| Deep beneath Las Vegas’ famous strip of glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth of underground flood tunnels. The 200+ miles of flood tunnels are home to a secret community of over 1,000 homeless people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly. They’ve turned this way of living into their way of life, and they don’t feel like it’s necessary to change, when they aren’t necessarily hurting anyone by living underneath the Las Vegas Strip. Check out these photos of the interior of the Las Vegas tunnels.
Despite the risks from disease, highly venomous spiders, and flooding washing them away, many of the tunnel people have put together elaborate camps with furniture, ornaments, and shelves filled with belongings.
One resident poses with her possessions. Sometimes people have to do what they have to do, and this is definitely one of those cases.
Next time you see an entrance to an underground tunnel, you may be thinking twice about what is down there.
It’s hard to believe something like this exists in one of the biggest cities in the world. Who would have thought that there are people actually living in these Las Vegas tunnels. It’s sad that we live in a world where this goes unnoticed. The homeless population is growing each year and it’s up to us to come up with a permanent solution so that they are not forced to sleep in the underground tunnels of our cities.