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FEMA to Survey MN Flood Damage

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From roads and bridges to crops and mudslides, Minnesota is seeing flood damage statewide, and now cities and counties are asking how they'll afford to recover.

They know they'll need lots of help from the federal government and Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed Minnesota needs help. She calls damage around the state "unprecedented," and says towns and counties are already gauging recovery costs.

FEMA will survey flooded Minnesota counties Tuesday in order to determine if the state qualifies for federal funding.  

Federal officials say the flooding must have caused $7.3 million dollars in damages in order to get money. 

It will take about a week to finish the assessment, then the state will have to ask President Obama for a formal federal disaster declaration.

Klobuchar says some of the worst damage happened in Minnesota's fields, saying some counties have lost more than 40% of their crops. The National Weather Service says most rivers in the state have crested and water levels will continue to drop in coming days.

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