Storm rips off roof, leaves Taos household homeless

Elisa Montoya’s Taos-area dwelling was badly broken and the roof was blown off in final week’s highly effective wind storm. (Courtesy of Elisa Montoya)

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SANTA FE – Elisa Montoya was quick asleep at dwelling final week when at about 6:30 a.m. catastrophe struck within the Des Montes space north of Taos.

“Rapidly we heard the home windows shaking, the home really began shaking, you might hear little hail or one thing hitting our home windows after which the wind acquired so extreme that it sucked my range pipe from my fuel range inside out,” Montoya stated.

She stated her son wrapped his arms round her they usually took shelter in a hallway because the storm battered their dwelling for about 10 terrifying minutes.

“When the storm ended my son opened the door and our roof was (blown) over a (close by) energy line. …,” she stated. “It was a large number.”

Hers was one among quite a few Taos-area houses broken Dec. 15 when the violent wind storm hit northern New Mexico, inflicting widespread energy outages, downing lots of of timber and destroying planes at Santa Fe Regional Airport.

Elisa Montoya, left, and her daughter Mikaela, have been left homeless after final week’s violent wind storm destroyed their dwelling. (Courtesy of Elisa Montoya)

Montoya, 47, and sons ages 15 and 16, and her daughter 20, are actually all sleeping at her dad and mom’ dwelling close by whereas she tries to search out them a spot with beds.

“My home is just not livable,” Montoya stated Wednesday in a phone interview. “There are three locations inside my home the place you lookup and see the sky.”

On Wednesday, Montoya was trying to find an area, cheap place to reside whereas stressing about the price of repairs to her dwelling. One contractor advised her fixing her roof would price $30,000. She stated she has no home-owner’s insurance coverage as a result of she will be able to’t afford it.

“My children and I are sleeping on the ground at my mother’s as a result of she doesn’t have room for all of us,” she stated. “I’m hoping that I can discover one thing for us, even a bit of kitchenette or one thing so we will have a mattress as a result of proper now we’re on the ground.

“I’m not even certain who to achieve out to.”

Bobby Lucero, director of the Taos County Workplace of Emergency Administration, stated he was ready to see if the Governor’s Workplace would approve the county’s catastrophe declaration and if federal funding is likely to be accessible to help Montoya and others whose houses have been broken.

Lucero was unclear whether or not federal funds might be used for personal houses.

The Governor’s Workplace had not but acquired the paperwork for a catastrophe declaration, “although the state stands able to be of service in any means we will and has been in frequent communication with responders on the bottom for the reason that outset of the storm,” Nora Meyers Sackett, the governor’s spokeswoman, stated in a Wednesday e mail.

No less than 10 houses suffered extreme injury round Taos County, officers stated, and injury continues to be being assessed.

The American Pink Cross has mobilized to assist and is working with Emergency Administration and the Taos Volunteer Fireplace Division.

Lucas Brooks, catastrophe program specialist with the Pink Cross in Santa Fe, stated Wednesday the group has offered monetary help to a handful of households, however as a way to qualifythey need to have suffered “main and destroyed” injury.

On Thursday, he stated Montoya could be getting monetary help from the Pink Cross.

“It’s positively within the main and destroyed class,” Brooks stated.

Montoya is fearful that one other storm predicted this week will trigger extra destruction.

Her father, uncle and others have lined her roof with plastic. Others have stepped as much as present what assist they will.

“I’m grateful to the folks that have reached out to us,” Montoya stated. “We now have had a number of individuals come by … It’s been good to have that consolation figuring out that individuals care. I’ve had individuals drop playing cards off with donations and they’re providing their assist.”

A member of the family has offered funds so she and her youngsters can spend a few nights at a Taos motel.

Requested what Christmas was going to appear to be, Montoya responded, “Not good in any respect. I’m very grateful that we weren’t damage, in fact.”

However her vitality proper now could be targeted on discovering shelter.