Area avoids major wind damage
Last updated 12/7/2021 at 4:11pm
Except for tumbleweeds amassing on rural roads in Curry and Roosevelt counties, high winds Sunday night did little damage in either county.
In Clovis, a lightpole over a softball field at Hillcrest Park collapsed in winds that the U.S. Weather Service reported as reaching as high as 43 mph, with gusts up to 52 mph, but city officials reported little other damage to city properties.
In Portales, city officials said the wind may have knocked out some light bulbs at the city airport, but caused no other damage.
Xcel Energy, Farmers Electric Coop and the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative reported no widespread power outages in the two counties.
In Farmers Electric’s rural areas of Curry County, only one customer reported an outage, about 2 a.m. Monday, Michael McCord, engineering manager for FEC, said, and that customer was out “for about an hour.”
The tumbleweed invasion hit Roosevelt County harder than Curry County.
Amber Hamilton, Roosevelt County manager, said the tumbleweeds reduced traffic to one lane on State Route 114 between Causey and Dora.
Several county roads, however, were impassable as wind-blown tumbleweeds choked roadways, she said.
County road crews started clearing roads early Monday morning, Hamilton said.
By late Monday morning the only road in Curry County that was still blocked by tumbleweeds was CR 12 near Melrose, officials said.
Cannon Air Force Base did, however, post on its Facebook page that volunteers were sought to assist with tumbleweed removal on various residences and facilities throughout the area. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. today at 1131 Curry Road 7.
Roosevelt County officials said tumbleweed problems may continue throughout coming months.
“Following the late summer and extensive growth of tumbleweeds throughout the county, this will likely be an ongoing challenge throughout the winter and next spring,” Roosevelt County Road Superintendent Rick Lovato stated in a county news release.
High vegetation growth in general heightens fire concerns, too, Lovato stated.
“We want to encourage property owners to protect their homes as we are facing an increased fire danger with so much more fuel this year,” he stated in the news release.