Flood damage grows in Houston County

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Flooding has caused nearly $5.8 million in damages in Houston County.

Houston and Fillmore counties have declared a state of emergency after heavy rain during the weekend, with water levels in areas rising by more than 8 feet.

Fillmore County Emergency Management Director Kevin Beck says damage estimates for that county haven’t been finalized yet, but they’ve reached at least $200,000.

Officials say they hope damage totals of Fillmore, Winona, and Houston counties will together meet the state’s $7 million threshold to qualify for assistance.

The Winona Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/17iEglS ) county officials are also considering combining damages from northern Iowa and western Wisconsin to see if they qualify for federal help. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in seven southwest Wisconsin counties Wednesday.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

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