NEWS – “Windstorm Wreaks Havoc on Bear River Valley”


Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre, Headliner Publisher, July 14, 2022


Wind gusts of up to 55 mph tore through northern Box Elder County late Wednesday afternoon wreaking havoc along the way with Elwood receiving the brunt of the storm’s damage. A July 13, windstorm toppled trees, ripped shingles and siding off homes and tossed trampolines as if they were frisbees.


The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City sent out a special weather statement at 5:14 p.m. for east central Box Elder County with doppler radar tracking a strong thunderstorm along a line extending six miles west of Bear River City to eight miles west of south Weber.


One homeowner in Elwood reported that two trees toppled over landing on a car and two kayaks while neighbors came to the rescue to help remove the debris and free the car. Another Elwood resident reported that the strong wind picked up their trampoline landing several yards away in an empty field, damaged beyond repair.


"We have now called it 'Tacoline' because it has just folded itself into a taco," they reported. "We're just relived it didn't fly into the freeway or into someone's house. So glad nobody was hurt."


Additional damage in Elwood was also reported.


"The wind knocked over our basketball hoop that was cemented in at least 20 years ago," one resident reported.

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo

Elwood, July 13, 2022 - Courtesy Photo