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Extreme Weather Of The Week (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/ 3/2012 6:39 pm Updated: 02/14/2012 1:18 pm

In Australia this week, flooding forced four Queensland coal mines to close and a northern New South Wales town was split in half. One resident told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "We woke up this morning with wallabies, kangaroos, an echidna and a koala sitting in the trees, so I think everything is headed to any little bit of high ground they can."

A deadly avalanche in Japan has caused several deaths and left some areas with twice as much snow as normal, according to the Associated Press. Snow has reportedly caused 56 deaths and over 750 injuries since November.

Heavy snow has also hit Colorado, closing roads across the state. According to AP, "The storm forced the cancellation of more than 150 arriving and departing flights at the Denver airport that had been scheduled through Friday night."

Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were relieved week when officials declared the area "officialy out of drought for the first time since July, making it Texas' first major metropolitan area to emerge from the most severe one-year drought in state history," according to the Associated Press.

Elsewhere in Texas, a town near Austin received its first 8,000-gallon water delivery Monday. Spicewood's wells can "no longer produce enough water to meet the needs of the Lake Travis community's 1,100 residents and elementary school."

Below, check out images from wild and extreme weather events around the world this week.

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