Small Wisconsin community devastated by flood waters

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VICTORY, Wis. (AP) – Residents of a tiny community which sits at the base of a bluff along the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin are trying to put their lives back together after storms and flooding ripped the town apart and caused one death.

Torrential rain, flooding and mudslides have caused widespread damage in Victory, an unincorporated community in the Town of Wheatland where Michael McDonald’s house slid onto Highway 35 Thursday, killing the 53-year-old man.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears says the community has been devastated and torn apart by the flooding.

The landslides and flooding closed roads throughout the area and contributed to a train derailment in Crawford County. Although the storms have moved away, the National Weather Service extended a flooding warning for Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties through Friday morning.

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