Sep 21, 2009 9:45 AM by Associated Press
A man swept away by floodwater in Chattanooga is presumed drowned as heavy rain and thunderstorms spawned flood warnings from eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina into north Georgia, including the Atlanta area.
In Chattanooga, WRCB-TV said rescuers found two men clinging to a chain-link fence in fast-moving water late Sunday. One of them was saved, but the other man was swept into a culvert as he tried to grab a garden hose thrown by a neighbor.
In Atlanta, morning commuters drove into standing water on some highways and major roads after a night of thunderstorms. Schools were closed for the day or delayed opening in several north Georgia counties.
Emergency workers in at least two Atlanta-area counties had to rescue residents from high waters.