U.S. Struggles through Extreme Weather

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WASHINGTON - With snow in the Northwest, record-breaking heat in the South and East Coast and flooding in the Midwest, people across the country are looking for relief.

These past several days of weather extremes has also claimed several lives and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Midwest Seeks Refuge from Floods

Residents in the Midwest hope today they'll be able to dry out from days of rain.

There was so much of it that the only way people have been getting to safety is not by foot or in their cars, but in boats.

"I've been around here 71 years, and I ain't never seen it this high," one resident said.

In St. Joseph, Missouri - near Kansas City - the threat of the rising river forced residents from their homes as the waters were expected to crest 7-feet above flood stage.

Flooding in Indiana is so bad 29 counties have been declared disaster areas.

Still, residents there are doing all they can to stay positive.

"My car sitting in the water but you know what? You can buy another car," was one flood survivor's optimistic response.

"Not much you can do about it. Head for high ground, hope for the best," another survivor said.

In Wisconsin, the rain-soaked grounds caved in causing homes to collapse and float right down the river.

Across the country, weather is being blamed for at least 10 deaths.

In some places, the clean up has already started. In others, it'll be days before the process begins.

That's because more rain may be in store later this week, although today's forecast calls for calmer weather in the Midwest.

Can't Take the Heat

In the South and along the eastern seaboard, it's not rain, but heat that is taking a toll.

"This year, this is just too brutal to work it," one heat survivor said. "This just isn't right. This is unnatural."

Already, several cities have broken decades old record highs.

Heat warnings and advisories are in effect from the Carolinas to the southern part of New England.

On Monday, schools in the City of Brotherly Love dismissed kids from classes early due to excessive heat.

And in the big apple, the city opened 300 cooling centers to counter a temperature reading just shy of 100 degrees.

The intense heat is also putting a strain on power. It caused subway service disruptions in New York's city subways.

Today's forecast calls for readings that could go right over the century mark. But the forecast does have some relief in sight. Temperatures are supposed to cool down by Wednesday.

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