State of Emergency in Fillmore & Houston Counties

Posted at: 06/27/2013 12:31 PM

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -  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.  

Flooding has caused nearly $5.8 million in damages in Houston County.           

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.           

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.