OMG!!! The weather has been just crazy! Just about everyone in Tonto Village has had some kind of issues with this unusual weather. First of all, the neighbors have told me that we received at least 4 inches or more of rain in four days, and that’s not counting the snowfall. The rain has had its consequences by causing leaking roofs, flooding of basements, and rivers flowing through the yards trying to find the lowest points.
Our house is at the end of a street, so the water comes from farther up the street. The ditches and the culverts were working overtime to keep up. The Control Road access was closed for a time on Monday and detoured through Johnson Boulevard. People need to be careful since there was about three inches of new snow that fell on Monday night, there might be black ice underneath. The temperature has not risen above freezing yet as of Tuesday, so be careful!
Hopefully, according to the weather reports, the temperature will continue to rise this week enough to melt the snow and ice. The sun came out on Tuesday morning making the snow look like crystals — so pretty.
Since there have been issues with the rain deluge, the Hellsgate Fire Department, in conjunction with the Gila County Emergency Management team, will work on supplying sandbags to the residences that are in peril. The team drove through the Village on Monday to assess the conditions.
Unfortunately, some of the issues were not visible, such as water in basements or leaking roofs. But hopefully, the word is out and the sandbags will be available when the spring rains come.
For more information you can call the Gila County Emergency Management team in Globe at (928) 402-8806.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The February meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Star Valley Fire Station. Fire board president Larry Corey will call the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. At that time, five POC (paid on call) firefighters will be introduced to the fire board and guests. They are: Chad DuPont, Chelsea Pierson, Coby Smith, Perry Evans and Dennis Dueker.
Congratulations to all of you from the Fireflies Auxiliary.
Phyllis Ballard, a former longtime resident of Tonto Village will celebrate her birthday on Friday, Feb. 1. On Feb. 4, Julie Hatch of Star Valley and the wife of Fire Chief Gary Hatch will add another candle to her birthday cake. Captain John Wisner of Hellsgate Fire Department will add another year on Feb. 5.
Another former resident of the Village, Lorraine “Bo” Mathews adds another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 5. Happy birthday, to all of you.
On a sad note, Cliff Landrum of Mead Ranch has received word that his brother Jerry’s wife has passed. Condolences to the Landrum family for their loss.
Double D Doings
This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, so if you are not planning your own party, come and join in the potluck party at the Double D. Bring along some munchies and your support for your favorite team starting at 3 p.m.