Flooding kills one, forces families from homes in St. Croix County, Wis.

Wisconsin Flooding
County Highway JJ is washed out by the Kinnickinnic River east of River Falls, Wis.. (AP Photo)

BALDWIN, Wis. (AP) — Some residents in the St. Croix County village of Baldwin were evacuated from their homes after hours of torrential rain propelled flood water to lap at their doors.

A 70-year-old Emerald, Wis., man died after his minivan went off the road and became submerged in a ditch.

After rain totaling as much as 6 inches fell, law enforcement officials rescued motorists who stood on the roofs of their flooded vehicles.

The storms swept through the southern Twin Cities metro area before striking western Wisconsin overnight Sunday and into Monday.

Eight Baldwin families were moved from houses near a creek to a community center. At least five motorists were rescued from rushing water on Highway 63 in the Baldwin area, sheriff’s officials said.

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