Clovis city workers to take weekend off

Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos speaks at the town hall meeting at Parkview Elementary School on Friday afternoon. The town hall meeting’s purpose was to report on progress since March 23’s tornado. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisle)

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break from tornado cleanup efforts this weekend, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas.

Thomas made the announcement at two town hall meetings held Friday afternoon in Clovis.

“The city will not be working this weekend,” Thomas said, “because they need rest and family time.”

The town hall meetings, which were held at Lockwood and Parkview elementary schools, were organized so residents affected by the tornado could ask questions.

However, residents who attended the meetings had no queries following the updates city and county officials gave.

Thomas said 95 percent of the cleanup has been completed.

Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair said five of the 24 dogs and cats recovered after Friday’s storm have been reclaimed from the Curry County Animal Shelter.

Salvation Army Captain Tammy Ray said the Disaster Relief Center would remain at the Curry County Fairgrounds through Friday and food service would continue through Tuesday.

“We (Salvation Army) may not be able to meet every need,” Ray said, “but we don’t intend to leave you.”