"AUSTELL, Ga. -- As floodwaters around Atlanta began to recede, residents were packing moving vans with furniture and commiserating about water-logged apartments.
'I'm toast,' Penny Freeman, who moved into a first-floor apartment five days ago, said Tuesday. 'I don't have a place to stay. I'm losing my mind right now.'
At least nine deaths in Georgia and Alabama were blamed on the torrential downpours in the Southeast. The storms finally relented and relief was in sight with just a slight chance of rain overnight, but the onslaught left many parts of the region in stagnant water."