Snowy aftermath

Hayden Hukill snowboards Monday down a snow-covered dirt mound in an empty field off of Norris Street. The 12-year-old said he wishes it would snow every day. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson)

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer

Snow dropped on Clovis last weekend continued to cause headaches.
Clovis Municipal Schools were closed Monday and will be closed today due to poor road conditions.

“The roads are still in bad shape,” Clovis Schools Director of Community Relations David Briseno said early Monday night. “Many of our county roads are still impassable.”

A winter storm spewed more than 10 inches of snow in parts of Clovis Friday and Saturday. Many streets and sidewalks remained buried Monday.

“I’ve been stuck inside all day,” said Clovis resident Ashley Romero, who emerged from her apartment Monday afternoon for a snowball fight with her nephew.

“I didn’t expect this much snow,” said Clovis resident Tony Rosas as he cleared a patch of sidewalk with a shovel. “It’s pretty,” he said, “but messy.”

An estimated 40 cars were towed from snow last weekend by American Auto Salvage and Towing of Clovis. The storm quadrupled business, according to owner Glen Fuller.

From Friday to Saturday, 28 vehicular accidents were reported in Clovis due to weather conditions, according to Clovis Police Department spokesperson Lt. Patrick Whitney.

“People were driving way too fast,” Whitney said.

Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said the city owns two pickup trucks equipped with snow plows. City employees plow streets in shifts using the trucks, Wang said.

But once snow hardens, “it’s impossible to push, like this morning,” Wang said.

“The city employees have done a very good job (dealing with snow) for the equipment we have and the amount of people we have,” Wang said.

Investing in more snow equipment is unnecessary, Wang said, since snowfalls like last weekend’s are few and far between in Clovis.

Money matters
This winter, the city of Clovis spent $16,000 on salt and sand to combat snow and ice, according to Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang.

In its 2007 budget, the city set aside $128,000 for construction
materials and supplies. Funds for salt and sand are pulled from that, according to Clovis Finance Director LeighAnn Melancon.

Melancon said she is unsure how the budget for construction
materials and supplies will be impacted by this unusually wet winter.

Closings
—Clovis Municipal Schools
—Clovis Community College
—Magistrate Court

Forecast
Tuesday is expected to be partly cloudy with highs in the low to middle 40s, according to Raymond Jojla with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

On the web:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/