HOBBS, N.M. — The City of Hobbs announced in an updated press release that its offices were officially back open following a power surge on Saturday.

“We are happy to announce that City Hall resumes normal hours starting at 1 p.m. today thanks to [the] staff’s diligent work and dedication,” the city said.

According to the release, the power surge caused the building’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system to “partially fail.” The power outage also impacted the phone system and interment connectivity.

The city said the issue had not been fixed as of Tuesday morning, and officials made the decision to close city hall.

The release stated that staff will continue to attend work and find “creative ways to provide services.” The release also said there would be no late fees at this time.

The departments and divisions included in the partial closure include:

  • Buildings and Permits
  • City Manager’s Office
  • Clerk’s Office
  • Code Enforcement/Animal Control
  • Communications/Public Information
  • Engineering and Planning
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Water Office