Weathering the storm

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.

Photo courtesy: Marty Mayfield Photography

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:

Photo courtesy: Marty Mayfield Photography

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:

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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?


24 thoughts on “Weathering the storm

  1. I had no idea you had such a storm! Guess it would make us question a few things about our needs and our preparation. Folks did get some nice photos. I wish you some quiet and connected times.

  2. Looks like a dry land hurricane blew through your area. Sometime I’ll have to post pictures of my place after hurricane Wilma demolished my house here in Fl. I do feel your pain!

      • I dont know what you guys talking about, “dry land hurricanmy and milde weather here in NM my A…. we had 2 feet of snow and high drifts no phone till thursday till bacavalley set up a generator at the box to recharge the battery and no pwer till friday at 5 pm. What part of NM do you live anyway REAL RANCH WIFE??????

  3. Wow – amazing photos. Yes, it is difficult to imagine being completely cut off from everyone – even for a couple of days.
    Whenever I hear of bad weather anywhere in the country, I immediately think of my blogging friends and wonder if they’re being impacted.
    Glad you made it through okay!

  4. It does feel a bit disconcerting, doesn’t it, to be disconnected from the world? Decades ago we were holed up in our Minnesota farmhouse without power for about a week following a major snowstorm. A few summers ago we were caught on a rural highway during a severe storm with 60
    mph winds for an hour between 10 – 11 p.m. That is the most scared I’ve ever been, watching the grass flatten in the ditches and the car rocking and rain falling in sheets. I was praying fast and hard. We had to pull off the road and wait out the storm.

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