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David Sparks Ph.d Snow Devastation
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: February 09, 2017

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Over the last couple of weeks, we have brought you news of collapsed buildings such as what happened at Four Rivers onion packing plant along with 25 to 30 other onion packing or onion storage plants. The future is now a big concern in the winter snowed on region of Washington, Payette and Gem counties of Idaho. The same is true of Malheur County in Oregon. "This is a list that the assessor’s office has put together as they have assessed building damage and on these five sheets there are 99 buildings and they brought another whole handful of them that will be added to this yesterday. A big share of these buildings are agricultural like onion sheds and processing facilities. There are some carports, lots of hay sheds out in the country but this event we have had here has just been catastrophic to our County.”

Washington County Commissioner Kirk Chandler says the downtown core of Wieser, the County seat was hit hard. “Because our town center is old brick, two-story buildings a lot of them, some of those whole blocks will have to be torn down because of this. It has just been devastating to our community.” From the grocery store to the bowling alley and storage sheds for agricultural goods and products full of who knows what, it all has to go somewhere.

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