Some residents and farmers recovering from Brownfield hail damage


Homeowners examined wreckage Tuesday after hail swept through Brownfield during a Monday evening storm, damaging some homes, cars and crop fields in its path.

“It started with rain and wind, which got real bad. We were trying to get the tarps up there, and the hail came out of nowhere,” said Xavier Garcia, a homeowner in the area. 

Pea to quarter-sized hail came down on the area. Garcia’s roof caved in, causing their roof inside to fall. This caused severe water leakage. 

The City of Brownfield said they did not have many reports of damages to homes, but for those residents who did get hit, they said they are working to repair quickly before the next storm. 

“We are going to be out here all of next week because once you start somewhere, you keep going and going. I’m going to have to do it all,” said Ronnie Gonzales, who also lives in the home. 

Meanwhile, the city did report damage to crop farms in the area.

Kirk Martin, a farmer, said this can be costly for farmers. When it hails, cotton can fall off the stem and onto the ground, ruining the crop, Martin said. 

“It is a huge dent. We are working all year long to hopefully make a crop and right at the end, having that destroyed, it is like working all year and not getting a big pay check like you thought you would,” he said.

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