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Sep 21, 2009 5:54 PM by Associated Press

Toddler among 5 dead in flooding

A two-year-old boy has been found dead in Georgia after floodwaters swept him from his father's arms, and authorities say at least four others have died across the Southeast as rains drench the area.

Carroll County Deputy Coroner Ed Baskin said the boy was found Monday afternoon downstream of his family's mobile home, which was split apart by a swollen creek. The parents had been rescued as their one-year-old son clung to his mother's arms.

Three Georgia motorists died when their vehicles were swept off Atlanta-area roads, and another woman was found dead in the water. Fast-moving water also swept away a Tennessee man who went swimming in an overflowing ditch on a dare.

Forecasters issued flood alerts for parts of Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia as more rain fell after days of storms that have saturated the ground.

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