Authorities Identify Georgia Boy Who Drowned During Storm

CAIRO, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 12-year-old boy who drowned while playing in a drainage ditch as Tropical Storm Fay pounded southwest Georgia with rain.

Grady County emergency management director Jim Ellis says Mack Crutchfield apparently was overcome by rushing waters in the ditch as the storm dumped 10 to 12 inches of rain in the area. He says the boy drowned in an area that normally is dry.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Buzz Weiss says the drowning is the only storm-related death so far in the state.

Rain continued to fall in the area Monday. Weiss says officials closed Thomasville city schools and systems in Grady, Decatur, Miller and Seminole counties because of the weather.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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