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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.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/09/22/southeast.flooding/art.flood.dog.cnn.jpg caption="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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