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Fillmore County declares state of emergency

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- After analyzing all the damage caused by weekend flash floods, Fillmore County has joined Houston County by declaring a state of emergency.

In both counties, repairs are so costly, officials are hoping for state-- and maybe even federal-- assistance.

Damage estimates in Fillmore County haven't been finalized yet, but Fillmore County Emergency Management officials estimate they've already reached 200-thousand dollars and that number is climbing.

According to the Winona Daily News, roads are still closed-- some indefinitely-- after water levels in some area have risen more than 8-feet.

Both Houston and Fillmore counties took the brunt of the storm.

Damages in Houston have already reached almost $6-million dollars.

The hope is that if Houston, Fillmore, Winona and counties combine damage totals, together they will meet the state's $7-million dollar threshold to qualify for assistance.

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