Southeast Floods Ease, Destruction Widespread

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Torrential rains have eased up in parts of the south, but on Wednesday residents were left stunned by the death and destruction caused by the high waters.
The Atlanta, Ga., area was one of the places the flooding hit the hardest.
Forecasters say they have good news in terms of the weather forecast. There is only about a 40 percent chance of rain for the rest of the week.

Click play to see an interview with Jody Herrington of CBN's Operation Blessing as she explained what the aid organization is doing to help the flood victims in Georgia.
However, the days of heavy rain have already left much of the region under water and have left at least nine people dead.

Sarah Smith's 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Osley drowned in the raging flood waters.
He and another boy had jumped into the water and were swimming toward a stranded Jeep.

"I kept screaming for him to come back," Smith said. "He just couldn't come back. He wanted to help whoever was in the truck."

Rescue teams discovered Osley's body in the Chattooga River Tuesday morning.
In Douglas County, just west of Atlanta, flood waters swept 2-year-old Preston Slade Crawford away from his family when a creek ripped open their mobile home.

"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. "It's just a freak accident."

Those who survived needed boats to reach their homes. Many residents say they are in a state of shock and are at a loss for where to start rebuilding their lives.
The muddy red waters washed away homes, roads, and even a roller coaster at a local amusement park.
Flood waters also left schools buried under silt and debris in Austell, Ga.
"The school has been here 50 years or more," said flood victim June Pierce Hampton. "My daughter is at Hampton University and she went to that school. So, it is very special for the kids in the neighborhood."

Neighborhoods in areas of Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia saw one continuous week of rain, but at least for now, Mother Nature appears to be giving residents a break.

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