ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Rain fell Tuesday over parts of Georgia, where officials said flooding killed six people and the governor declared a state of emergency for 17 counties.
Hundreds of roads were closed and people fled the rising waters in boats, kayaks, even on air mattresses — anything that floats, CNN reported.
Widely scattered showers were forecast Tuesday, with some areas expected to get another quarter-inch of rain.
Days of rain prompted Gov. Sonny Perdue to declare a state of emergency in the 17 hardest-hit counties.
The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning Tuesday for counties along the Interstate 20 corridor east of the Atlanta area almost to the South Carolina border. The warning also included several counties in central Georgia.
Much of the rest of central and northern Georgia was under watches for flooding or flash-flooding.
Northwest of downtown Atlanta in Vinings, Ga., the murky Chattahootchee River flooded streets and seeped into businesses. In the tony Buckhead area of Atlanta, water from Nancy Creek invaded multimillion dollar homes and submerged high-end vehicles.
Rescuers and neighbors helped people stranded in their houses escape the swirling waters throughout the flooded area, CNN reported. Witnesses saw several people floating on what appeared to be inflated air beds tied together with rope.
Officials haven’t ordered evacuations, but were encouraging people to voluntarily leave the affected area, CNN said.
The weather map for other parts of the United States indicates rain and some gusty thunderstorms moved into the lower Mississippi Valley and Texas Coast Tuesday, AccuWeather.com reported.
The Plains states saw some violent thunderstorms that produced golf ball-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph in some areas, AccuWeather forecasters said. Flash flooding problems also were reported.
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