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Oklahoma, Texas Lose Homes In Wildfires While East Battles Floods

Oklahoma and Texas lose homes in wildfires while the eastern U.S. battles floods that destroyed roads and bridges, and left communities cut off and without power for days.

Oklahoma and Texas lose homes in wildfires while the eastern U.S. battles floods that destroyed roads and bridges, and left communities cut off and without power for days.

In a year of extreme conditions, Texas and Oklahoma are struggling to get wild fires under control, while those states in the east are battling with the results of flooding caused by heavy rains and swollen rivers after Hurricane Irene or the Tropical Storm Irene passed through at the weekend.

Texas and Oklahoma are both in drought conditions with the ground parched and the vegetation very dry, and add in to that mix strong winds and the fires are springing up all over, caused by embers blowing in the wind.

As a result, dozens of homes have been burned to the ground, and have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. The cause of the initial blaze is not yet known. In the resort community of Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, which is about 75 miles west of Fort Worth, fire is threatening another 125 homes.

Meanwhile in the eastern United States, there are many communities cut off from the rest of the state because of flooding, with roads and bridges being washed away by rivers that have spilled their banks after the downpours of the weekend when the Hurricane Irene, and then the Tropical Storm Irene passed through the area, dumping huge amounts of rain into the rivers and streams.

Emergency supplies have been dropped by helicopter, although today, 4 wheel vehicles are able to get into many of the Vermont areas which have been cut off because of flooding.

Millions of dollars worth of damage has been done by the hurricane and floods, and now the wildfires, leaving many people evacuated from their homes, and nowhere to move back to once the fires or the flooding stop in their area.

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