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From Dry to Deluge, How Heavy Snow, Rain Flooded Yellowstone

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House Falls Into the Yellowstone River as Floods Close Park
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Red Lodge, Montana (AP) -- Just three months ago, the Yellowstone region like most of the West was dragging through an extended drought with little snow in the mountains and wildfire scars in Red Lodge from a year ago when the area was hit by 105-degree Fahrenheit (40.5 Celsius) heat and fire.

Rivers and creeks this week raged with water much higher and faster than even the rare benchmark 500 year flood. Weather-whiplashed residents and government officials raced to save homes, roads and businesses.