Fri. Jun 21st, 2024


EASTERN NM (KSMX) – The wind event Wednesday still has looming effects as Xcel Energy continues to work to regain power to the region. According to Wes Reeves with Xcel, as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday, close to 12,500 customers still remain without power. Crews are still working to regain power, and are now documenting close to 150,000 residents in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas were affected by the power disruption. They note this is the largest disruption the company has seen in the region to date. As a result of power issues yesterday, many places were closed down, such as the Roosevelt County Courthouse and DA’s Office. Widespread power outages occurred in Portales, with upwards of 800 residents affected. Power issues also affected Clovis schools at Highland and Lockwood Elementary Schools. The district was made aware yesterday morning about the outages; however, buses had already been in operation and transporting students. As part of the districts policy, school is not cancelled due to safety reasons and children returning to homes without a parent or guardian present. Power at Lockwood Elementary was restored by 9:00 a.m., with Highland on partial power until about 3:20 p.m. School officials note that power has been fully restored and school will be in session today. Roosevelt County officials note the Courthouse will be open today.

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