By John L. Braese and Pat Caldwell
January storms along with frigid temperatures paralyzed Malheur County with record snowfall. More than 43 inches of snow dropped on the county during the winter onslaught.
WHY IT RANKS: Snow loads crushed commercial, industrial and residential property. Main highways open and shut with each storm, as did schools. The local onion industry was hit especially hard, suffering an estimated $100 million in damage
UPDATE: Local governments had to go it alone after federal authorities denied disaster relief. The agriculture industry went to work rebuilding . . .