Southeast Minnesota and west central Wisconsin residents braced themselves Tuesday as the last round of showers and thunderstorms passed through.

Crawford County, which remained in a state of emergency has already accrued nearly $4 million worth of damage on public infrastructure and $340,000 worth of damage to individual homes.

Roger Martin, Crawford County Emergency Management director, said the amount for individual damages continues to climb as more and more people report. And most of the damage isn't covered by insurance.

"(The damage) is coming from overland flooding," Martin said. "And because of the places they live they didn't believe they needed to buy insurance."

According to Crawford County Emergency Management, 26 homes were affected with minor flooding in Crawford County and three homes were affected with major flooding.

One home was entirely destroyed.

Grant County reported 640 homes that were impacted with minor flood damage and 20 that were categorized with major. According to the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, more than $5 million worth of damages was accrued.

Crops also have taken a hit.

Timothy Rehbein, UW-Extension agent in Vernon County, said crop planting was already late and in low-lying areas now may just be abandoned.

Town roads "took a terrible beating" from the rains. While grain farmers have been "burying the rig," unable to tend their crops, Vernon County's large organic farm population hasn't been able to cultivate due to wet, and now even wetter, fields. Meanwhile, fruit crops — especially grapes — are vulnerable to moisture-related diseases just now, he said.

In Houston County, $2-2.5 million worth of damage was estimated and six county highways were closed. Kurt Kuhlers, Houston County Emergency Management director, said many of the roads are passable, but because of severe erosion drivers should remain alert.

"People still have to have extreme caution," he said. "Some roads could be undermined."

A boulder the size of a dump truck fell onto Hwy. 56 in Genoa early Tuesday morning and because of saturated land mudslides are still a major concern.

But meteorologists said the worst is likely behind us.

"It looks like we have a chance for rain tonight," Todd Shea, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said. "But not nearly the intensity as before."

(The Wisconsin State Journal contributed to this story.)


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