Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc Across Nation

Record-breaking rainfall creates waist-high water; new red flag fire warnings in Utah.
2:43 | 06/16/13

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severe weather with a hold on much of this country tonight, from the floods to the fires. This evening, the scope of the historic fires in colorado, just now coming into focus. This image showing the devastation, the homes and cars there now ash. The black forest fire near colorado springs tonight, a little more than half con tauned. Today, a remarkable scene. Neighbors lining up, holding american flags there to cheer on the firefighters after a long and brutal shift. And a touching and personal k you. A cake from one colorado springs resident after those firefighters did what they could to save homes. And to the other extreme tonight, the flash flooding across much of the heartland. These images coming in from missouri this evening. Streets turning into raging rivers. And look at this soccer field tonight, turned into a lake. We have it all covered, beginning with the long line of families just now returning home tonight in colorado, hoping they have a home to return to. Here's abc's john schriffen. Reporter: Tonight, in colorado, lighting and heavy rains. A blessing and a curse for these long lines of cars trying to return home. Inside the fire zone near colorado springs, many not sure what is waiting for them. I want to be able to go back to our house. Reporter: This was the scene last week as the massive flames quickly reduced million dollar homes to their foundations. The black forest fire now colorado's most destructive wildfire ever, has destroyed more than 480 homes, killing two people. Authorities say this wild fire was so tricky, because of record temperatures and strong winds shifting the direction of the flames. Pleased to report that because of the activity both of the day crew so far and e night crew, we're going to bump the containment percentage up to 65. Reporter: Mother nature has wreaked havoc across the country this weekend. In san antonio, texas, officers searched for victims of flooding. Further south, nearly 17 inches of rain fell, overflowing the rio grande. Thspringing into action. I swam way out, put them in there and swim back and just keep going and keep going. And the current was going that way. Reporter: The heavy rain moved through the midwest, dropping up to nine inches in five hours in springfield, missouri. In omaha, nebraska, last night, fans of the college world series ran for cover as the skies opened up. And in arizona, residents saw the first monsoon of the season, flooding the streets. Tonight, as firefighters in colorado are catching their breath, new red flag fire warnings are up in utah. Here in california, you can see the charred hills that go on for miles. From the recent powerhouse wild fire. It's just the beginning of what many fear could be a devastating fire season made worse by years of little rain. As one climatologist put it, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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