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Second man dies in western Wisconsin floodingSubmitted: 09/23/2016
VERNON COUNTY - Authorities say a second person has died in the storms and flooding hitting western Wisconsin.

Vernon County Sheriff's officials say 79-year-old Joseph Menne attempted to drive through floodwater on a road near his home on Thursday.


Investigators say he was in a pickup truck pulling a trailer that got stuck in six feet of water. The floodwater eventually filled the pickup compartment. Menne was reported missing about 7 p.m. His body was found about two hours later.

The torrential rain and flooding also killed 53-year-old Michael McDonald in the same western Wisconsin county on Thursday, when his home slid down the side of a bluff and onto a highway.

The flooding and mudslides heavily damaged the small community where McDonald lived near the base of a bluff along the Mississippi River.

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