Wet weather drenches area

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer

Portales was soaked with more than a half inch of rain Thursday that caused no major problems except for drenching a couple of high school baseball games.
KENW-TV’s rain gauge recorded 0.58 inches of the wet stuff yesterday, while Clovis received 0.65 inches recorded by KVII-TV.

According to Portales police captain Lonnie Berry more is expected today.

“We’ve heard from the National Weather Service to expect more rain (Thursday night and into today),” Berry said.

Berry also stated he wasn’t aware of any major problems caused by the downpour.

The Portales High School baseball team was scheduled to host Depew, Okla., in the Rams home opener Thursday night, but that was quickly called off. Ram head baseball coach Arturo Ontiveros described the condition of the Ram baseball field.

“In about three big spots we pumped all the water off,” Ontiveros said. “(The water) is standing, and right now it’s soupy soppy.”

An entire baseball tournament in Floyd had to be canceled as well. Elida only got three innings in against Tucumcari before the soppy field was too much.

“(Our field) is completely under water,” Floyd head coach Cody May said. “It’s going to be like that for a few more days I think.”

According to the National Weather Service, today’s forecast calls for possible thunderstorms with a 60 percent chance of precipitation for the Clovis, Portales area.