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With at least five people dead and massive expanses of land and roads under water, Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Monday in the 17 counties hardest hit by flooding from severe weather.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's announcement followed three deaths in north Georgia's Douglas County, one death in Gwinnett County and another in Carroll County, where a 2-year-old child was ripped from her father's arms by fierce floodwaters while he struggled to hold on to bushes, officials said.

Those counties, near Atlanta, were among the 17 included in the state-of-emergency declaration Read full article »

CNN's Mallory Simon, Nicole Saidi and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

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