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Houston farmer bulldozes road to get away from floodwaters

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Rising water from Southfork Creek at Olson's farm on Sunday Rising water from Southfork Creek at Olson's farm on Sunday

HOUSTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- After the rising waters from Southfork Creek trapped him on his farm east of Houston, Port Olson decided it was time to do something about it.

Olson took his bulldozer and made a new road over his neighbor's hill to create a way out.

"The worst?  By 8 a.m. Sunday it was over the road... by 11 a.m. there was two feet of water in the shop," said Olson, who has a logging and farming operation off Benson Drive.

The Southfork Creek feeds the Root River and after a foot of rain fell in the area from Friday through Sunday morning, the water had no where to go except on Olson's 300 acres.

Normally, soybeans would be popping up on that land, but this year will be different.  The seeds have washed away.

Olson says the water receded enough Monday that he could drive across the road, but with Monday night's rain, the water was across the road again on Tuesday.  He took KTTC's Sean Sandefur out to the fields on his tractor to get a good look at the conditions.

"We were able to move all the tractors and equipment over by the hills," said a frustrated Heidi Olson, Port's daughter.  "We will never recover from this.  There's four feet of water in the basement.  We need help."

State Senator Jeremy Miller announced Tuesday that people in Port Olson's situation should contact him so that he can work with them to get emergency assistance.  Miller says he's going to be out inspecting the flooding damage in the coming days in Houston and Fillmore counties.

The floodwaters have left a mark on many highways and rural roads in the Root River region.  At one point, eight county roads in Houston County along with a half dozen other township and private roads were closed.

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