Fixing private property not government’s job

News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people are still [...]

Heavy rainfall expected for weekend

Clarence Plank Roosevelt and Curry counties, along with much of eastern New Mexico, could get drenched during the Fourth of July holiday, courtesy of a hurricane hundreds of miles to the south. Local emergency management leaders are also warning of possible flash flooding. Two to 4 inches of rain are being forecasted and experts say [...]

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue [...]

Ruidoso suffering worst flooding in decades

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. [...]

Two missing in Ruidoso flood

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Leakage in basement causes phone outage at ENMU on Monday

PNT Staff Report Workers at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday discovered that a break in the cooling system pump over the weekend had caused flooding in the Administration Building basement, leaving several buildings without telephone service. “It was pretty minor. We have pumps that cool around campus and one of the pumps developed a [...]

Portales deals with weekend of weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After a long dry spell, Mother Nature decided to catch up on rainfall in the Portales area — and she did it quickly. Friday saw heavy downpour in the area, along with high winds and low visibility. With lighter rains on Saturday things dried out some, but not much, [...]

Runoff water spells trouble for Clovis

By Mike Linn Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack on an all-but-flat terrain and the flooding of homes this summer and city officials are somewhat torn — between the advice of their public works director and that of area developers. At a [...]