Deadly Southern Floods Not Letting Up Yet
The Storms Have Killed at Least Six People in Georgia, Which Has Been Particularly Hard Hit
By SAM CHAMPION and SARAH NETTER
Sept. 22, 2009
The rain seems never ending for the waterlogged residents in the South, where torrential downpours the last several days have trapped some people in their homes and killed others.
Massive flooding washes out roads and forces schools to close."This is absolutely ridiculous," one Georgia woman exclaimed as she maneuvered her car through the high waters. "I have never seen anything like this in Atlanta before."
Just months ago the region suffered from a massive, two-year drought that left rivers and lakes more than a dozen feet below average. Now some locations have seen as much as 21 inches of rain from storms stretching from Tennessee to Georgia to North Carolina.
Six people have been killed so far, and six others have been reported missing. Among those killed was a 2-year-old, who was swept out of his father's arms in a rushing current, in Georgia's Caroll County. His body was later recovered downstream.
And friends say 27-year-old Delena Weathers was in her car talking to a friend when the water struck and swept her away. She was one of several who had been trapped as their cars washed off the road.
"The last thing we heard, she was floating away," Weathers' friend said.
More than 1,500 residents were quickly evacuated after rising waters breached a levee in Trion, Ga., and hundreds more are dealing with backyards that have disappeared under the water from overflowing rivers and dams.
And the water is cold -- many of the people who have been pulled from the floodwaters have hypothermia.