Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9 deaths blamed on Southeast storm; flood lingers

Jennifer Bozeman, 19, and Nabor Torres stand at the edge of Sweetwater Creek

AP – Jennifer Bozeman, 19, and Nabor Torres stand at the edge of Sweetwater Creek after it overflowed its …

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press Writer Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer Tue Sep 22, 7:10 pm ET

AUSTELL, Ga. – Neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags over Georgia remained awash in several feet of murky, brown water Tuesday, even as an emerging sun shed light on the widespread flood damage.

So far, at least nine deaths in Georgia and Alabama were blamed on the torrential downpours in the Southeast. The storms finally relented and relief was in sight with just a slight chance of rain overnight, but the onslaught left many parts of the region in stagnant water.

In Tennessee, a man was still missing after jumping into the fast-moving water as part of a bet. Boats and trucks evacuated 120 residents from a retirement center as nearby creeks rose, and several hundred others were ferried from low-lying neighborhoods and motels to dry land.

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