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Flooding shuts down roads in southeastern Minnesota


NEAR HOKAH, Minn. (KTTC) -- Flooding has shut down eight roads in Houston County.

Highway 27, about 4 miles southeast of Spring Grove, is just one of the roads that have been washed out.

Officials are hoping for federal disaster relief but it could be several weeks before many of these roads can be repaired and reopened.

Early estimates of the damage are high, and they are expected to rise.

"We have preliminary estimates right now at the country level only of $2 million," said Kurt Kuhlers, Houston County Emergency Management Director. "But we expect that to go much higher because we do have bridge inspection crews that are looking at bridges."

On top of that, farmers who faced late planting this spring are looking at even greater crop loss and floodwaters in the area have destroyed fields.

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