The 5 Most Horrifying Disasters That Ever Happened In Idaho

Idaho is a relatively seismic state, but in terms of weather is blessedly mild with regards to devastating acts of nature. While natural, large-scale events impact the state every year, only a few events across the country receive formal Federal Major Disaster Declarations from the President, a program which was created in the ’50s. Since the program began, 23 major disasters have been declared in Idaho, along with two federal emergency and 10 fire management assistance declarations.

Idaho is a wonderful place to live; however, the same natural and geologic forces that make it so beautiful can often result in natural disasters of epic proportions. These five events, while they may or may not have been registered as Federal disasters, were devastating enough to Idaho’s population, landscape, and industry that they make notable historical moments. They also mark incredible moments of our state coming together to help those in affected communities recover and promote healing across the Gem State.

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Wow. Idaho is incredibly fortunate to have have not only recovered from these devastating events, but to have quite literally “grown” from them. Our state’s sense of community is unrivaled, and had Idahoans not banded together in these times of need, the damage could have been much worse.

Were you or a family member nearby when any of these disasters occurred? Feel free to share your stories and pay tribute to the countless organizations and individuals who played roles in the aftermath.