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September 22nd, 2009
06:36 AM ET

Flooding takes at least 6 lives; more rain falling

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - Georgians braced for more rain Tuesday after a deluge flooded streets and homes, killing at least six people Monday.

Atlanta firefighter Stephen Webb carries a dog to safety Monday at the Peachtree Park Apartments.

Atlanta firefighter Stephen Webb carries a dog to safety Monday at the Peachtree Park Apartments.

Widely scattered showers were forecast for early Tuesday, with some areas expected to get up to a quarter-inch of rain an hour, falling on already saturated ground.

Days of heavy rains prompted Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency Monday in the 17 counties hardest hit by flooding.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's announcement followed three deaths in north Georgia's Douglas County, one death in Gwinnett County and another in Carroll County, where a 2-year-old child was ripped from her father's arms by fierce floodwaters while he struggled to hold on to bushes, officials said. CNN affiliate WSB later confirmed a fourth death in Douglas County.

Those counties, near Atlanta, were among the 17 included in the state-of-emergency declaration.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Alex Choi

    Nowadays, we hear more floods than 10 years ago, sending us message that the world climate changes faster than we expected and we have to be alert on this warnings.

    September 23, 2009 at 1:51 am |
  2. softballgirl78

    I feel awful that they are getting flooded. The NW seems to not have natural disasters like that and being from the NW I don't know what they are going through there. However, I do feel bad that this happened.

    September 23, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  3. The Keegan Project

    This is very sad because it flooded soooooo much that people that live no where near any rivers/lakes have gotten flooded. One elementary school is actually underwater because it flooded, and its not even in any sort of flood plain! That is why this is sad, no one who lost their homes will get insurance money because they live in an area that they were told could never flood.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  4. kendra smith

    Wow! i feel for the people in atlanta. I hope the situation starts to get better there very soon. i agree with the comment from above about coming together to help them people out

    September 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  5. Kayte

    this sounds awfully familiar, downtown louisville flooded a few weeks ago, what strange weather the world is having recently.

    September 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  6. librarianchat

    There is always going to be some type of natural disaster possible regardless of where you live.

    September 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  7. calvin roach2

    her feet is so stupide dude

    September 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  8. Calvin Roach

    I was born in Cabrini Greenes Chicago, one of the worst areas in Chicago in the 60s through 80s. I then joined the US ARMY in 1979. On the streets of Chicago I have seen a more gun violence than I have seen during Desert Storm. I strongly feel that we need more guns in our homes because the State and Federal government are unpredictable and we must defend ourselves against tyranny. The violence in America is small compared to the tyranny by the State.

    September 22, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  9. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Why do people continue to live in flood planes after being washed out time and time again.

    September 22, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  10. Mary Lee Scalf

    Why do you insist on stirring the hate pot with your "Mad as Hell" segment? It is nothing but the spewing of more right wing hate. Get your facts straight. Do a real survey and you will find the truth. Not a bunch of entertainment lies.

    September 22, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  11. greg w

    We should come together as a nation to send out prayers for the people in Georgia during this difficult time.

    September 22, 2009 at 8:36 am |