Dear Chamisal Members,
The Tonti Family and the team at Chamisal hope you all remained safe and dry throughout the February rain and wind storms. Chamisal sustained a lot of damage. Many of you have seen the huge fallen trees and damage to the courts, walkways, irrigation and water system, fencing, playground, and parking lot. Luckily the buildings sustained very little damage. We would like to express our gratitude for all of your kind encouragement during the cleanup.
We are so fortunate to have the team that we do at Chamisal. Luis, Robert, and Esly immediately took charge, assessing and photographing the damage and assembling a crew to clear walkways and the parking lot. Thank You to them, and to Roy, Ed, Sergio, Rudy, and members Tim Sadler, Skip Johnson, Ana Kruse, Ron Jones, and Tony Lorenzi and others who jumped in to help. The Chamisal crew worked in the rain and continued working overtime for days. Esly assembled a team of 5-7 extra men per day to assist our maintenance crew. The men had 5 chainsaws in use each day. After just a dew days, as soon as the power and water systems were restored, the club was operational.
After much of the debris was removed, Lopez tree service was hired to bring in an additional crew of 5 with an industrial chipper and a bobcat. They chipped logs, removed additional trees and are in the process of grinding some of the larger stumps. Our estimate is that we lost 75 trees, shrubs and bushes. The good news is that the vista is more open and beautiful than ever. The tennis players have commented that they are enjoying more sunshine on the courts.
The clean-up effort, 4 weeks in, remains ongoing. Repairs and replanting will continue but at least the chainsaw noise has subsided. We look forward to returning your club to a peaceful and serene retreat, the place where you come to relax.
Thank You again for your kindness, patience, and support,
Betsy, Mike & Family
Here are a few photos from the Chamisal trip to Mexico.