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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Teams from the state and federal emergency management offices are headed to four Minnesota counties to start adding up the damage from recent storms and flash flooding.

The surveys were starting Tuesday and Wednesday in Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties. More counties will get similar assessments once floodwaters recede.

Heavy, sustained storms have caused millions of dollars in public and private property damage from Minnesota's northern tip to the far south. Along with local officials, the assessments involve the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are used to help determine eligibility for federal assistance, mainly for public infrastructure damage.

The assessments must be done before a presidential disaster request is submitted by Gov. Mark Dayton.

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