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Units respond to New Mexico tornadoes


LOGAN, N.M. (BP) ó New Mexico Baptist disaster relief units responded quickly to tornado damage caused after twisters hit two eastern New Mexico communities March 23.

One tornado that roared through Logan destroyed approximately two dozen mobile homes and campers and damaged another 50 homes. In Clovis, a twister destroyed 50 homes and damaged another 450 structures along the three-mile-long path it ripped through the area, according to news reports Sunday. In all, 13 tornadoes were counted in the region.

While scores of injuries were reported, 35 victims were treated in Clovis hospitals, Associated Press reported, and two people were hospitalized following the Logan twister.

Later that evening relief groups had already been activated and were readying themselves to leave for the stricken area.

First on the scene was Eastern Baptist Associationís power unit, which was driven to Logan by Dan Pearce, director of missions for Eastern and Tucumcari Baptist associations and pastor of First Baptist Logan from 1994-99. Pecos Valley Baptist Associationís feeding unit from Artesia and the New Mexico Womanís Missionary Unionís childcare unit also responded.

The day after the tornadoes struck, 38 New Mexico Baptists from Portales, Clovis, San Jon, and Tucumcari, accompanied by Eastern Associationís recovery unit, joined another 20-30 First Baptist Logan members in blitzing the community to pick up debris.