Floods Recede, Leave Behind Death, Destruction

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We've no doubt all heard the children's song, "Rain, Rain Go Away." Well, that's the cry of the people in the south.

"Insanity. Insanity. Never seen anything like it," flood victim Bonnie Fishman said.

Tensions are high especially for a parent who was none too happy that despite the flooding, her school stayed open.

"The school should have been closed in the first place. The school should not have been horrible. This is horrible for the children," a concerned parent said.

Three non-stop days of rain has led to horrible destruction in parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Murky brown water is everywhere, dozens of bridges and highways closed and even a sewage plant flooded leaving a smelly mess in the Atlanta suburbs. The damage stands in the hundreds of millions of dollars as homes turned to swamps.

"The best word to describe it is an epic event. People that have been on this street for 25 years have never seen anything like this," flood victim Mark Hutto said.

Reporter: Even Hurricane Ivan? Hutto: Yes.

More damage -- the Clay Road Baptist Church in Georgia is gone. Toby Morrison has been a member for over 50 years. 

"We lost everything as far as I know, the songbooks, the pews," Morrison said.

But losing possessions is nothing compared with the heartache of losing a love one.

"We could not get to them, me nor my husband, because the current was so bad," Pat Crawford said.

Pat Crawford grieves over her 2-year-old grandson Preston, swept away in a creek west of Atlanta after the floods ripped through the mobile home where the little boy lived.

"If we'd thought this was going to happen, we would have went and got them, brought them back up to our house," Crawford said.

Just a few hours away from Atlanta, another heartbreaking story. Nicolas Osley, 14, just wanted to help. From a distance he thought someone was stuck in a jeep. He went into the water. It turns out it was a cornstalk sticking out of the jeep. He got tangled in it and the current swept him away.

"I just love him and I miss him and I just wish to God that he wasn't in that water," said Sarah Smith, Nicholas' grandmother. "I kept screaming for him to come back and he just couldn't come back and he just wanted to help whoever was in the truck."

For more on how you can help with relief efforts in Georgia, visit Operation Blessing.

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