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$100 million mess

Ruined onions are strewn amid the rubble of a collapsed storage shed, after January's snows overpowered roofs across the region.(The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

NYSSA – The area’s onion industry suffered an estimated $100 million in damage from winter storms, according to the president of the Malheur County Onion Growers Association.

Paul Skeen, the president, said Friday that the onion industry suffered a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans.

Skeen said onion producers, farmers and ranchers must help get the word out about the magnitude of the catastrophe.

“This has the potential to be devastating to the onion industry in this valley if we do not get the storages and packing facilities up and running again by this fall. That is . . .