ST. PETER, MN - Nicollet County joins a long list of Minnesota counties that have declared a state of emergency because of flooding.
 
Justin Block, director of Nicollet County Emergency Management, said: "There was major damages in certain areas.  Damage to Belgrade Township, Courtland Township, City of North Mankato."

The declaration will allow the county to recuperate any disaster related costs.

"The state will send a team down to do a preliminary damage assessment of the area to find out what kind of dollar amount in damage we're looking at here.", Block said.

While Nicollet County has not seen as much damage as other counties, many roads, ditches and culverts will still require costly repairs that would put a strain on county and city budgets.

Block mentioned,  "I'm waiting on more damage assessments, bid estimates from the townships to get the roads put back to where they were before the storm started."

County Road 12, north of Courtland has been underwater for several weeks.  It will be tough for the county to survey the full extent of the damage to the road surface, until the water recedes.