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near HOKAH, Minn. (KTTC) -- Recent heavy rains and flooding continue to give residents of southeastern Minnesota headaches, as property is damaged and roads are closed.

The Houston County Sheriff's office says a state of emergency continues for the county, and the number of closed county roads in now up to 8-- it had been at 6 yesterday.

And, officials say, those closures do not include township roads.

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," Kuhlers said.

On top of that, farmers who faced a late planting this spring are looking at an even greater crop loss.

"I'd say atleast 2 weeks behind on the hay...last year the corn was shoulder high by the fourth of July and now I walked out into this this morning, and that was about knee high," said local farmer Gerald Skifton.

Skifton also said that some of his neighbors didn't even bother planting crops because of deteriorating soil conditions.

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