The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Rain soaks region


October 2, 2019

Kevin Wilson

Many streets were barricaded Tuesday morning, including the portion of 14th Street adjacent to Dennis Chavez Park in Clovis. A flash flood warning has been issued through 6 p.m. by the National Weather Service for Curry and Roosevelt counties.

CLOVIS —  Eastern New Mexico residents had a morning full of water, delays and road closures, as a flash flood warning was issued across both Curry and Roosevelt counties.

According to the KVII Schoolnet weather tracker, rain was highest in Elida, with 4.52 inches as of 10:30 a.m. Other readings included 3.94 inches north of Clovis, 3.62 inches at the Matt 25 Hope Center and 1.72 inches in Portales. The warning was originally issued through 9:15 a.m., but later extended to 6 p.m.

The city of Clovis has set up five barricades for roads where high water has made travel dangerous. Those areas were

• U.S. 60/84 between Prince and Grand

• Thornton Street between 21st Street and the Allsup's corporate office

• Mabry Drive between Pile and Calhoun

• Sandy Lane between Starlight and Sunland

• Williams Street between Starlight and Sunland

The city of Portales postponed repairs on North Avenue K and U.S. 70, and warned motorists to avoid the intersection of Third and Kilgore and the intersection of 18th and Globe.

Several events were canceled due to the weather, starting with a morning announcement the Green and Silver Open band competition at ENMU was called off.

Both of Clovis' soccer games against Carlsbad were postponed, with the girls home game postponed to Oct. 10 and the boys road game moved to Oct. 12.

Portales has canceled its boys soccer game against Lovington, but its home volleyball match against Clovis is still scheduled. That is the only area volleyball match still on, as a Texico junior high match and the varsity Grady-Clovis Christian and Floyd-Elida matches were called off. The Floyd match has been rescheduled for Monday.

The city of Clovis postponed its Civil Aviation Board meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, to 4:30 p.m. Monday, and the Clovis Softball Association postponed all Tuesday games to Oct. 13.

Melrose announced it was ending instruction for the day, with buses running at 1 p.m.


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