E. Idaho Tornado Damage Extensive

Published online: Apr 13, 2000
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Damage estimates from the Feb. 14 tornadoes that touched down in eastern Idaho will top $1.5 million, the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services and the National Weather Service said April 3.

The Weather Service said there were five separate smaller tornadoes that touched down in an area from Blackfoot to Idaho Falls.

Counted in the estimate was thousands of dollars in damage to growers' sprinkler irrigation equipment.

The largest of the five tornadoes was in Bingham County and had a 14-mile track, damaging homes, farm buildings, toppling trees, power lines and irrigation systems. Tornadoes are rare in Idaho. Records indicate, however, the state has averaged three a year since records were started in 1950.