Heavy snow creates $100 million "catastrophe" for Idaho/Oregon onion industry

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 15:58:32-05

Heavy snow has caused dozens of onion storage sheds in eastern Oregon and Idaho to collapse, resulting in as much as $100 million in damages.

The Capital Press reports about fifty onion buildings collapsed under the weight of up to forty inches of snow. The general manager of Owyhee Produce in Nyssa, Oregon, says three of the company's storage sheds and a building housing one of its packing lines have collapsed.

Owyhee manager Shay Myers called the situation "an absolute catastrophe" and estimated the total damage to the onion industry in southwestern Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon, could be near $100 million.

The production loss has dramatically increased the price of onions. A 50-pound bag of yellow jumbo onions was about $3.50 before the collapses and is now nearly $10.

(by Associated Press)