4 people rescued after driving into flood waters in Wisconsin

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Four people were rescued from the roof of a vehicle after "intentionally driving around" high water signs in western Wisconsin Saturday night.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says around 10 p.m. rescuers were called to 160th Avenue in the Town of Peru, along the Chippewa River, where four people had climbed onto the roof of a vehicle to avoid flood waters.

The Durand Fire Department got the four people to safety – they had some minor exposure to the cold water, but were otherwise uninjured.

High water signs were placed nearby because of recent flooding in the area, but they ignored the signs and drove into the flood waters, the sheriff's office says.

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This has officials reminding people to "turn around – don't drown" if they see flooded roadways. The sheriff's office says if roads are flooded it is "impossible" for a driver to know where the actual road is.

Over half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into flood waters, the National Weather Service says. For more information on flooding, click here.

A flood warning for along the Chippewa River in Durand is in place until Tuesday night, the Pepin County Sheriff's Office says. Minor flooding is occurring and major flooding is possible, the warning notes.

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