Complete Flood Coverage

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named Haywood County a primary natural disaster area following the devastating floods caused by Tropical Storm Fred.

Note: Tales from the Flood is presented in collaboration with Mountain Projects and the United Way. The series, featuring stories of community strength and resilience, was created to provide knowledge of ongoing recovery efforts and opportunities to contribute to the needs of those affected …

FEMA reminds Western North Carolina residents who have received federal disaster assistance for Tropical Storm Fred to use the money for its intended purpose and to keep receipts for three years.

Note: Tales from the Flood is presented in collaboration with Mountain Projects and the United Way. The series, featuring stories of community strength and resilience, was created to provide knowledge of ongoing recovery efforts and opportunities to contribute to the needs of those affected …

The public is invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Haywood Community College Auditorium, where representatives of the N.C. Emergency Management will explain what programs are available locally and how to apply.

Residents of Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties who lost access to water through their private wells or had damage to their septic system caused by Tropical Storm Fred may be eligible for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, the agency announced Wednesday.

Mission Health and the HCA Healthcare Foundation announced a combined $30,000 in contributions to support the recovery efforts of charitable organizations, including the Community Foundation of WNC and the United Way of Haywood County, following the disastrous floods in Haywood County and ot…

At an emergency commissioner meeting last week, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners made a definitive commitment to provide immediate help to people displaced by flooding.

The Canton livestock yard has been converted into a flood recovery center for farmers. Agricultural supplies — from fencing supplies to livestock feed — are being provided to flood-impacted farmers in Haywood, Buncombe and Henderson to start getting their farms back in order. Donations are needed.

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners has imposed a late-night curfew for the Cruso area, taking effect Wednesday, Aug. 25.

LAKE JUNALUSKA — There is a plan in place to shelter the as-of-yet unknown number of families displaced by last week’s flood, but community help will be needed if it is to succeed.

Authorities are working to find one person still unaccounted for after last week's flooding in Haywood County — but they’re also working on damage assessments needed for a federal emergency declaration.

The East Fork of the Pigeon River took a major hit Tuesday from Tropical Storm Fred. Some homes along the river were swept away by the flood, others were damaged beyond repair while yet others can perhaps be salvaged.

East Fork Baptist Church, just across the road from the Cruso Community Center, was smack dab in the center of activity Saturday as the Cruso community continued to dig out from Tuesday’s severe flooding.

CANTON — Alderman Ralph Hamlett and Mayor Zeb Smathers are occasionally on different sides of an issue affecting the town, but when flood waters began entering Hamlett’s home last Tuesday, it was Smathers who walked through the rushing water to save Hamlett and his daughter.

The Mundy Fields area, a low-lying cove wrapped by a horseshoe-bend of the lower East Fork of the Pigeon River where Cruso and Bethel meet, was particularly hard hit by flooding. Homes aren't merely destroyed, but some are just plain missing — witnessed by the bare footprints of where traile…

CLYDE — As Ronnie Surrett and Norman Medford chatted on the street between their two properties Thursday evening, both agreed the off-channel flood retention area built following massive flooding in 2004 absolutely saved the town from greater damage this go-around.

When news reports began filtering in a week ago that Tropical Storm Fred would hit the Florida panhandle Monday and work its way north, few knew what devastation it would bring to Haywood County.

Rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred brought record flooding to the East Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County, and the most severe flooding on the West Fork Pigeon River since 2004, when back-to-back hurricanes stalled over the region and delivered devastating rains.

Haywood County students with the exception of Central Haywood High will return to school Monday despite dozens of roads throughout the county remaining impassable due to washouts, sinkholes, mudslides, collapsed bridges and mountains of moored debris from this week’s flooding.

In the sports world, Tuscola and Pisgah make up as passionate a rivalry as there is at the high school level. But as fellow community members, the two schools have each other’s backs, especially in the face of disaster.

Reminiscent of the severe flooding that struck the area after hurricanes Frances and Ivan in September of 2004, Pisgah Memorial Stadium and the baseball and softball fields at PHS were submerged after rain from tropical storm Fred and overflow from the Pigeon River drenched the High Country …

While the prospect of playing on the Pisgah Bear's field this football season looked grim initially, a legion of volunteers cleaned up flood debris and scraped muck from the field on Thursday — paving the way for an astroturf assessment next week.

When Sharon Davies and her husband found seven acres of property with a cabin in the Cruso community near Springdale, they knew that after a four-year search, they had found their forever home in Haywood.

Haywood County announced Thursday morning two people are confirmed dead, as more than 200 rescue personnel continue to search for 20 people still unaccounted for in the aftermath of flooding from Tropical Storm Fred.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday to activate the state's emergency operations plan and waive transportation rules to help first responders and the agriculture industry after extensive flooding and storm damage in Western North Carolina.

Mark Hunnicutt took this footage of downtown Canton the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 17 as the Pigeon River continued to rise and flood the town.

Flood waters brought on by Tropical Storm Fred surged through Canton on Tuesday, submerging the downtown area as the Pigeon River swelled over its banks.

This video shows flooding along North Carolina 215, the route to Lake Logan, the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 17, in Haywood County.