Dimmitt Storm Damage

Cleaning up after Friday's storm

DIMMITT, TEXAS - Friday night's storm was powerful with at least golf ball size hail, flash flooding, and several confirmed tornadoes. 

The town of Dimmitt was right in the direction of the path of the storm, but officials took quick actions to alert the citizens. 

Sal Rivera, Castro County Sheriff said, "One of my reserve deputies observed the tornado and then let me know. Then of course we were getting briefings from the weather service and of course at that point we went ahead and initiated the storm sirens here in Dimmitt since it was reported about three miles west of town.  So, we were pretty prepared."

Multiple agencies responded to help control traffic and be extra eyes on the sky. 

Most of the damage happened to the west and north west of Dimmitt. Debris was strung across fence lines and fields, trees were snapped, and multiple power lines were down. Deaf Smith Electric and Xcel Energy were out today working on the power lines to try and restore power to more than two dozen residents. 

Sheriff Rivera said, "Some of the residents are not going to be able to stay at the residence's that were damaged, so the sheriff's department is going to be out patrolling."

After talking to residents in Dimmitt, many of the citizens explained that today they were helping neighbors clean up and that the strength of the Panhandle does not compare to anything else. 

 

 


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