Floods, Fire Wreak Havoc across West, Southeast

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Flooding and wildfires caused damage across the United States this weekend. As a result, many residents are now in emergency shelters.
    
Hot, dry weather continues to fan the fires out West, while record-setting rainfall flooded parts of the Gulf Coast, some areas inundated with up to 20 inches. The record precipitation damaged homes and closed roads from Florida to Alabama.

"It flooded and everything just got washed away," one flood victim recalled.

"It's been deep here, real deep. It's deeper than I thought it would have been," Brewton, Ala., resident Jon Prence said.

Pensacola, Fla., alone has seen more than 15 inches of rain and estimates of more than $20 million in damage.
    
A nearby jail was left without power after five feet of water flooded the bottom floors. Prison officials were compelled to release non-violent offenders.
    
Meanwhile out West, strong winds continue to spread massive wildfires.
    
Firefighters in Colorado are trying to slow a fast-moving blaze that's burning out of control and threatening hundreds of homes.

"We're all literally just watching, praying that it's not our house that we see go up in smoke," one Colorado resident said.

"This is the largest displacement of homeowners that we've had, certainly in recent history in Larimer county," Nick Christensen of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

In New Mexico, strong winds prompted officials to ground aircraft trying to battle the flames.

The U.S. Fire Service says the danger of spreading for both fires remains high.

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