Last Monday we were expecting a spring storm. But, we didn’t expect the devastation it left behind. The storm itself was not long lasting and didn’t include an accumulation of snow but the high winds, wet snow and cold temps did a number on Northeast New Mexico.
By 9:30 Monday night the electricity and cell towers were out. Before it was all said and done we lost our land line and roads were closed for two days. Most of us have what we need to survive for a couple of days. But, it’s rare that every single mode of communication is completely cut off.
I have to tell you, this was a pretty interesting experience! When was the last time you had absolutely no way to communicate with the outside world and absolutely no way to leave your house?
The storm snapped hundreds of electric poles knocking out power in several counties. The cold temps and heavy snow combined with the 60 mph+ winds created quite a mess for the small electric companies. Local photographer, Marty Mayfield shared this photo and many others on local radio station, KRTN’s Facebook page:
Local crews started working on the damage immediately, even before the storm had passed. In addition, two other electric companies and two contractors were called to help. Most of us had power by Thursday or Friday, at the latest. Thank goodness for these crews who worked long days in pretty tough conditions! One of the crews called out was from Roosevelt County Electric Company, our friend Clayton Barber was on the crew. He took these photos:
My own work (and my personal need to be “connected”) depends on the internet and a cell phone. Who knew I could survive for a few days without?