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Life-threatening flooding being reported in southeastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin

Up to a foot of rain has fallen in the region,

Residents in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are being evacuated with heavy rain causing what weather officials say are "life-threatening" flood conditions Tuesday morning.

Between 5-12 inches of rain fell in a belt stretching from Lanesboro in Minnesota to east of Mauston, Wisconsin, an area that includes La Crosse.

The National Weather Service says many roads are underwater, and it's warning people not to cross standing water in a vehicle or on foot.

Officials are warning of record floods on the Kickapoo River in Ontario, Wisconsin, which is predicted to surge above its record depth of 22 feet.

The NWS says that the situation is "particularly dangerous" for those living in Coon Creek, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River.

MPR reports residents in Coon Creek have required boats, ropes and rescue teams to help them escape the rising waters, while a mobile home park near La Crosse had to be evacuated.

The number of roads closed by flooding is expected to increase in both Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning.

There is better news in the forecast, with the heavy rain set to stop on Tuesday morning.

More storms are possible later today and tonight, but "the strength and location of these storms remain uncertain at this time," the NWS says.

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