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Sunday’s storm demolishes structures near Hagerman

A mobile home off Sagebrush Road near Hagerman was demolished during Sunday night’s thunderstorm. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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While Roswell made it through Sunday night’s thunderstorm virtually unscathed, a few individuals living near Hagerman lost the majority of their belongings after powerful gusts destroyed their mobile homes.

Two mobile homes on Amber Lane, which is off Sagebrush Road just west of U.S. 285, were demolished. One home was moved about 50 feet from its foundation by the wind, the Roswell Daily Record observed.

The home was unoccupied Sunday night, according to a man who was with his son at the scene Tuesday starting cleanup of the property.

The boy said that their home, a short distance down the street, also was demolished.

The boy said his father’s girlfriend was about to move into the demolished trailer.

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From the debris at the site, it appeared the home was completely furnished.

The man said that despite the damage, he was grateful that no one was hurt.

Through its Facebook page, the Hagerman Police Department said it is trying to organize a fundraiser to help several of the families, who did not have insurance. The HPD posted a link to a GoFundMe page.

Amber Lane is about 5 miles west of Hagerman.

Kerry Jones, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, was in Hagerman and Lake Arthur on Tuesday to do an assessment of the damage.

Although the storm was severe with 60 to 80 mph straight-line winds, Jones said, it was not a supercell tornado like the one that touched down in Picacho two weeks ago.

He called Sunday’s storm a “bow echo,” which is caused by a violent weather system shaped like an archer’s bow.

He said one end of the bow was north of Roswell and the other end moved in from the southwest. The two ends of the bow merged northwest of Hagerman.

Along with the two demolished trailers, Jones said there was partial damage to several other other structures and to a few recreational vehicles.

A barn in the Cottonwood farming area near Lake Arthur was destroyed.

The barn was owned by Candy Spence Ezzell, who represents District 58 in the New Mexico Legislature.

Ezzell grew up in Cottonwood and now lives with husband Calder on a ranch west of Roswell.

She said some of the residents in the Cottonwood area also experienced property damage from the storm.

“It was pretty devastating,” Spence Ezzell said.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com. 

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