- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Businesses assessed damaged buildings and southeastern New Mexico cities worked Thursday to clear still snow-covered roads following a record storm as more icy weather is expected in the coming days.

From Roswell to Hobbs, some employees returned to work only to find that a record weekend snow storm had caused roofs to collapse and floors to dampen with melted snow.

Tascosa Office Machines employees in Roswell, for example, found its roof had caved-in. Roswell Honda and the Shamrock also saw their roofs collapsed after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the area.

Meanwhile, a portion of the roof at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center in Carlsbad collapsed due to heavy snow, causing an unknown amount in damage.

Part of the backstage roof was damaged from the weight of what performing arts center manager Curtis McKinney estimated to be an 8 to 10 foot snowdrift.

A liquidation sale that had been planned at the center has been canceled.

In addition, Robert Hagevoort, a dairy specialist with New Mexico State University’s extension service, said last weekend’s storm hammered dairies up and down the eastern side of New Mexico. He described it as chaos after the white-out conditions subsided - calf hutches were buried, snow drifts reached the eaves of barns, some animals were buried by the snow and others had escaped their corrals.

Hagevoort said it is taking time for farmers and ranchers to dig out and he’s hopeful the coming storm won’t make matters worse.

“We don’t need any more snow. The cows certainly don’t need it,” he said. “We just need to feed them and let them rest up.”

The National Weather Service says southeastern New Mexico could get a few more inches of snow New Year’s Day thanks to another storm system.

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