By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
Combined with the hard work of the community and federal programs, life in Logan for many tornado victims is returning to normal, said a Village of Logan official.
Many of the damaged residences and buildings have been repaired and many of those that were lost in the March 23 tornado have been replaced.
“We have got most of the clean up done here in Logan,” said Village Manager Larry Wallin. “We are continuing to move forward with the village’s progress and put the incident behind us.”
Workers were finishing the work on the steeple on the First Baptist Church in Logan Thursday afternoon.
The work on the church is mostly completed, said Kenneth Terry, a member of the First Baptist Church of Logan.
“The east side of the building was damaged by the storm but it did not interrupt our services,” said Terry. “We are happy to have all of our church back and glad the work is finally done,” Terry estimated. “The town is probably at 80 percent repaired. There are some areas that still need some work but it is mostly the large debris like frames of homes.”
Hardest hit in Logan were manufactured homes.
And on Monday, Wallin met with Joseph Aragon, an inspector with the state’s Manufactured Housing Division. Aragon surveyed damaged manufactured homes in Logan to determine which ones could be repaired and brought back up to state code or which should be condemned and disposed of.
“Most of the manufactured homes will be listed as repairable and about three will be condemned,” said Wallin.
The cost of repairing the homes will probably be too much, though, for many of those listed as repairable, Wallin said.
“And I feel that the owners will probably want to dispose of the manufactured home instead,” he said.
The Village of Logan was authorized by the New Mexico Environmental Department to open a Emergency Tornado Debris Disposal pit near the landfill for all the debris from the storm. The pit will be open until Nov. 1. The village is trying to speed up the process of the condemned homes so that homeowners can take advantage of the lower costs at the temporary pit, said Wallin.
“If we can get the process of removing the condemned homes off the property before the pit closes, it will help out the owner a great deal,” said Wallin. “If the pit is closed … the owner will have to haul the condemned home all the way to Tucumcari. The village hauled a trailer to Tucumcari once and it cost us $6,500 just to get it there. So, what we are trying to do is save the owner some money.”