beginning on September 19, 2009 dumped between 15 and 20 inches of rain
over three days on parts of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The deluge
overwhelmed natural and man made systems, and the record-breaking
downpour turned streams into rivers, swamping neighborhoods, washing
out roads and, unfortunately, taking at least nine lives. Damage costs
are estimated at $250 million, the cleanup just now beginning.
Georgia's Republican Governor Sonny Perdue recently announced that
President Obama has issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for
individual assistance to aid residents of five affected counties.
Collected here are a few recent photos around the area, largely
centered on Atlanta, Georgia. (
30 photos total
motorist abandons her flooded vehicle on I-85 South near Lilburn, Ga.,
as part of the highway becomes covered with water during rush hour on
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal &
Constitution, Curtis Compton)