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Haywood cleaning up after deadly flood
Saturday, 04 September 2021 15:32

From Staff Reports


CANTON — Haywood County is continuing to clean up and recover following deadly flooding from Tropic Depression Fred that swept through the area Aug. 18.

Five people died from the flooding and one is still missing, as of the Daily Planet’s press deadline early Aug. 30.

The Cruso community, between Canton and Waynesville, reportedly was hit the hardest by the floods.

At least 456 homes in Haywood County were damaged during the floods, according to state Rep. Mark Pless, R-Haywood.

During an emergency meeeting Aug. 26, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners approved $5 million in emergency funding from the county’s fund balance to its Natural Disaster Fund and approved contracts with two contractors to manage the cleanup. 

“The plan is for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the county the $5 million used on recovery.,” the Asheville Citizen Times reported.

The money will be used to pay contractors DebrisTech LLC up to $939,000 and Southern Disaster Recovery LLC up to $4 million.

“We’re certainly hoping that FEMA, whenever they get done with this assessment, that we have assistance,” Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said during an Aug. 26 press conference in Waynesville.

During a visit to Chestnut Mountain Automotive in Haywood County on Aug. 25, Gov. Roy Cooper said, “We’re here today to show our support, to let people know that we’re going to work closely with the local elected officials, local emergency management and try to get a federal declaration to get us as much help as we possibly can get.

“Unfortunately, we have lost five souls through this flooding event, and there’s one person still missing. Talking to Sheriff (Greg) Christopher, he said the men and women are still out there, continuing to work and to try to find the person who is missing,” Cooper said.

On Aug. 18, Cooper declared a State of Emergency in response to the devastation left behind by Tropical Storm Fred. 

During a press conference, the governor said the order would allow “first responders to get into our affected communities quickly to save lives, restore power, remove debris and bring supplies.”



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