Severe flooding in US Southeast

Flooding in suburban Atlanta, GA, Sept.22.09

Flooding in suburban Atlanta, GA, Sept.22.09

Floodwaters have begun to recede in Georgia but at least nine people have been killed in the heaviest rains to hit the Atlanta area in at least 100 years.

As much as 20 inches of rain (500 mm) pounded the Atlanta region over a span of 72 hours, turning creeks and rivers into raging torrents.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed along with bridges and roadways and even Interstate 20 through Central Atlanta had to be closed until floodwaters subsided.

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