Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast
June 9, 2012 (WPVI) -- Flooding is just part of the story across the country, where spreading wildfires and extreme heat are adding to a weekend of wild weather.
New Mexico's Governor has deployed the National Guard to fight the massive Little Bear fire.
Officials there evacuated residents from rapidly approaching firefronts, even using helicopters to airlift them to safety.
The blaze consumed at least a dozen structures, and burnt telephone poles to the ground, making it harder for firefighters to coordinate.
"We are really in a black kind of communications hole right now," said a firefighter.
Officials set up emergency shelters for those who might lose everything.
"A little apprehensive, but I know that God is in control, and everybody else at the camp knows that too, and so, whatever does happen, we are willing to step in and help each other out."
The worst may still be ahead. Forecasters are calling for more dry and windy weather.
The favorable fire conditions are also worrying residents in northern Colorado, where a huge wildfire has caused several dozen evacuation orders.
Torrential rains could help firefighting efforts.
But the rain is falling somewhere else, in the South, as much as a foot in some places, triggering states of emergency along the Florida Panhandle.
Roads are washed out, and power lines knocked down, all the way to Mobile, Alabama.
Meteorologists say there is more to come. Another foot-and-a-half of rain is expected Sunday night.
And in the nation's capital, extreme heat took its toll on a celebration. Nearly 200-thousand girl scouts gathered on the National Mall for their organization's 100th anniversary.
"It's real hot, and you can't drink fast enough for as hot as it is," said one Girl Scout organizer
Officials say dozens of girl scouts were treated for heat-related illnesses, and at least 15 were taken to the hospital.
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