LAS CRUCES – Winds from Sunday’s severe storm ripped the roof off the RoadRUNNER Transit Dial-a-Ride administrative office on Hadley Avenue East, temporarily delaying public transport service.
According to Mike Bartholomew, transit administrator in the city manager’s office, the winds “sheared” the building’s roof material. This material was blown into three personnel vehicles, shattering the rear windows. No injuries were sustained.
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Parts of the ceiling then collapsed when the rain started, leaving debris and water damage in all of the offices. Bartholomew said desks, computers and monitors were part of the damaged stock. About half an inch of water collected in the carpeted areas and ran throughout the building.
Due to the damage, staff are relocating and Dial-A-Ride operations will be reduced for several days. Only essential travel requests will be accepted. These include trips to work, school, medical needs, and grocery pickup.
Travel requests can be made by calling 575-541-2777.