Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report

Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker.

“The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some roads were impassable because of water and we finally did a flyover.”

Parker said damage from the tornado was limited to an area on Cacahuate Road about three miles east of U.S. 70 where the Grande Vida Dairy was destroyed and power lines were downed and sprinklers were overturned.

Parker said there was a “massive amount of debris” at the dairy and the milk barn was completely destroyed.

“It looked like a bomb went off,” Parker said.

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to the area of the dairy on Sunday because of reports of people looting from the debris field. Parker said onlookers driving by the dairy to see the damage were also creating a problem. He said deputies continued to patrol and secure the area on Monday.

A home near Rogers sustained roof damage and had windows blown out as the storm passed through the area, according to Dora Fire Chief Paul Luscombe
Electricity to the city’s well field was restored by midday Monday, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department.

Residents had been asked to conserve water while the city operated on reserve water supplies after the storm.

Power to the water well field south of Cacahuate Road was knocked out Friday.