CANYON COUNTY – The storm that rolled through much of the Treasure Valley last Thursday caused so much damage that many are still cleaning up.
"Mother Nature can cause millions of dollars in damage in just a matter of minutes,’ said alfalfa farmer Nate Pancheri.
Between road damage and crop damage, we're talking at least $1 million in damage. Crews will continue to clean up for the next several days.
Many who witnessed the storm say it was the worst they've ever seen, one going as far as saying it was a 100-year storm that hit Canyon County.
On Map Rock Road off Highway 45, just north of the Snake River, front end loaders spent the day getting rid of thousands of pounds debris that still cover the roads.
While there was several inches of rain, it was a canal breaking that caused all the damage.
Casey Bequeath is the Director of the Nampa Highway District, and in his 38 years this storm was a first.
"This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Bequeath. "We've had a lot of rain storms and different things, but all that rain that came at one time. Our culverts couldn't handle all the water.”
Despite all the debris, it's what we can't see under the road that has him concerned.
On Wednesday crews will dig out and replace whatever parts under the road are damaged and potential spots for future sink holes.
"We're doing the best we can to get everything taken care of for the public and get them open as soon as we possibly can," said Bequeath.
The storm also caused significant problems for farmers like Nate Pancheri.
"You know that storm probably lasted a matter of 10 to 15 minutes, and we got hail for probably two to three minutes of that storm, and the rest of it was rain," said Pancheri.
That two to three minutes of hail equates to upwards of $80,000 to $90,000 in lost revenue.
"Yeah, it's a little disheartening," said Pancheri. "You know, but I guess we're fortunate. We've got some neighbors that have a lot bigger acres of other seed crops that are probably taking a bigger brunt of it than what we have."
Between Pancheri and his neighbors, roughly 10 farmers, they lost around $1 million in a horribly timed storm.
"This field would have been harvested last Friday," said Pancheri.
"The day after the storm?" asked KTVB.
"The day after, yep,” said Pancheri.
Pancheri had hail insurance, but that only covers the cost to plant, not the value at harvest.
Despite that, Pancheri will still harvest whatever he can, but again it will only be about 15 percent of what it should have been.
As for Map Rock Road, crews began working on it shortly after the storm rolled through last week. It's still closed with a plan to have it back open by Monday at the latest.