Heavy rain and thunderstorms are causing severe flooding in Alabama, Georgia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina right on the heels of a two-year drought. Nine people have died so far, including a 15-year-old boy who was found in the Chattooga River in Georgia and a toddler who was separated from his family when a creek flooded their home. In North Carolina officials have compared the flooding to the Frances and Ivan hurricanes of 2004. In addition to deaths and evacuations, the flooding has torn apart trailer homes, closed schools, separated families, caused the power go out for approximately 12,000 Georgia Power customers, and submerged football fields, car dealerships, neighborhoods, and hundreds of roads and bridges throughout the Southeast. Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.