Southeast Floods Block Highways, Death Toll Rises

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The death toll in Georgia continued to climb Tuesday as rescuers found the body of a 15-year-old boy in the Chattooga River on Tuesday morning.

A 2-year-old boy is also among eight people who were killed across the southeastern U.S. as storms pounded the region with heavy rain that produced flooding. More than 20 inches of rain washed over northern Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama in the last three days.

Residents said the rain has produced some of the worst flooding they have seen in years.

"As you can see, it's across the bridge and it's up to the subdivision," said rescued homeowner Matthew Harper. "So it's probably 10 times as bad as it was that last time."

The 2-year-old was the latest killed as raging waters ripped the child from his mother's arms as the flood swept their home from its foundation. The mother was rescued after being stranded for three hours in a tree.

"The father was further downstream holding on to a limb," a rescue officer said.

In parts of Georgia, entire roads caved under the powerful pressure of the water killing those its path.

Residents in Cobb County, Ga., gathered in an effort to rescue a fellow neighbor from the flood waters.

Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.

Meanwhile, forecasters said another round of storms is expected across the already-drenched region.

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