Sheriff’s officials: 2 people have died in Wisconsin floods

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people have died in flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

People stand by part of Wisconsin Highway 13, washed out after heavy rains, south of Highbridge in Ashland, Wis., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Storms carrying tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, deposited a snowplow in a tree and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Jeff Peters)
People stand by part of Wisconsin Highway 13, washed out after heavy rains, south of Highbridge in Ashland, Wis., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Peters)

In Wisconsin, Bayfield County sheriff’s officials say an 84-year-old Illinois man died Tuesday when his vehicle became submerged in a flooded ditch. A firefighter was able to rescue the man’s wife, who was a passenger.

In nearby Iron County, the sheriff’s department says a 56-year-old man from Montreal, Wisconsin, died in the flooding, but didn’t immediately provide details.

In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to travel Wednesday to the communities of Litchfield and Watkins, which were both slammed by tornadoes on Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting another round of thunderstorms Wednesday for northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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