Complete Flood Coverage
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…
CANTON — One of several major disaster relief efforts on the ground in Haywood County since flooding struck areas along the Pigeon River has been Baptists on Mission.
From building inspectors and police officers to dump trucks and track hoes, Waynesville has been at the ready to aid its neighboring communities hit by the devastating floods.
The initial outpouring of support for those impacted by flooding was collecting food, water, cleaning supplies and clothing.
CANTON — As the Canton community still reels from massive flooding that hit Aug. 17, town leaders have an extra challenge — striving to get the town back on its feet without any place to work.
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.
CANTON — Apart from flooding damage to town hall, Canton is grappling with devastation heaped upon the town’s recreational facilities.
Ten days after the search for victims and survivors of Haywood County’s historic flood started, the body of Jack Krolak was found last Sunday, putting an end to the search and rescue effort.
CANTON — The WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton has become flood relief central for farmers in the region who sustained losses after Tropical Storm Fred hit the county.
From livestock producers to commercial tomato growers to those with a few chickens and goats, farmers took a hit when Tropical Storm Fred set its course on Haywood.
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday requested President Biden issue a federal major disaster declaration for western North Carolina counties that suffered extensive damages from flooding and landslides from Tropical Storm Fred.
With most natural disasters, looting becomes a concern, and Haywood County is no exception.
CLYDE — Joy Garland, the town administrator for Clyde, has learned a thing or three about flooding and the process a community needs to go through to creep back to normal.
Many in Haywood are asking the same question in the wake of massive flooding in the county on Aug. 17.
The Board of Directors of Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS, unanimously voted last week to donate $200,000 each, for a total of $400,000 in funds to support Haywood County flood relief efforts.
CRUSO — The Cruso community, which bills itself as “9 Miles of Friendly People Plus One Old Crab,” has its first, but hopefully temporary and last, traffic light.
Bit by bit, step by step, Charles Wells had grown Pigeon River Outfitters from a humble idea to an anchor attraction in downtown Canton — steadily amassing a fleet of tubes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards for float trips.
CLYDE — The fact that flood damage in Clyde is less than it was in 2004 is more of a testament to how bad things were for the town when twin tropical storms hit 10 days apart 17 years ago.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is in overdrive fixing bridges and roads in Haywood County after devastating floods that hit numerous communities along the Pigeon River.
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.
Near the junction of U.S. 276 and N.C. 110, Bethel Baptist Church has become the staging area for meals and supplies to be ferried to the Cruso Community Center.
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners has imposed a late-night curfew for the Cruso area, taking effect Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Bethel Rural Community Organization announced it will be a collection center for donations for victims of Tropical Storm Fred.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has activated and allocated resources to its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund to accept and disburse funds supporting regional flood relief with a focus on counties and communities most severely affected.
CRUSO — When flood water came rushing down the mountainous community next to the East Fork of the Pigeon River, it took no prisoners.
CRUSO — If there is a sentiment expressed by virtually everyone who has been touched by the ravages of flooding in the wake of Topical Storm Fred, it’s one of gratitude and perhaps even good fortune.
The aftermath of last week’s devastating flooding presented a Hurculean logistical challenge: how to move colossal volumes of food, water, cleaning supplies and donations pouring in to the hundreds of stranded and isolated flood victims in need.
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.
First things first: Michael Williams can’t swim.
The body of a fifth flood victim was discovered and identified Sunday, but this time, it wasn’t by trained out-of-town rescue crews but by local volunteers who’d pitched in to help with flood recovery.
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.
How a tight-knit group of neighbors' shared tragedy strengthened an already unique bond.
Cruso is ground zero for the worst flood damage in Haywood following the devastation of Tropical Storm Fred, but Bethel is ground zero for flood relief efforts.
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.
Trapped by rising flood waters, Mongo Lince barely survived what he likened to a tsunami coming down the river toward Harley Creek General Store in Cruso.
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 gives an emotional speech as he recalls the heroism of Mayor Zeb Smathers coming to his rescue, and thanks the many heroes who stepped up in a time of crisis.
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.
Haywood County announced Sunday five people are now confirmed to be dead in the aftermath of flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.
Cruso has emerged as ground-zero for the flash flooding that ravaged Haywood County Tuesday, the worst-of-the-worst, a war zone of destruction and tragedy.
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…
CRUSO — The former school in the Cruso area that's now widely used as a community center (except in the winter) has turned into the flood relief epicenter where the worst flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Fred occurred.
Update: Kott said Helping Hands of Haywood no longer needs immediate donations to shelter people displaced by the flood since the county is now doing that.
As the scope of the flooding disaster in Haywood brought on by Tropical Storm Fred becomes understood, local leaders are pleading the case for all the state and federal aid the area can get.
Students who attend Central Haywood High in Clyde won’t be returning to the classroom with the rest of the county Monday, but will instead revert to remote online learning.
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.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday afternoon two more bodies have been recovered, bringing the death toll from the recent flood to four.
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 officials on Saturday identified two more people confirmed dead in the aftermath of flooding from Tropical Storm Fred.
The ferocity of Tropical Storm Fred pummeled the Dutch Cove community, turning small creeks into roaring waterfalls and rivers.
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.
Riverview Farm and Garden owner talks about flooding impacts.
Commercial Disaster Recovery from Atlanta, Georgia, is bringing is 60 workers to help clean up flood damage in Canton, something he estimates will take 2-3 weeks.
Tuesday seemed like a typical rainy afternoon for 16-year-old Jaden Stevens, cuddled up on the sofa with her Chihuahua and scrolling through her phone.
CANTON — It took three years for The Community Kitchen to purchase and remodel its new building on Champion Drive. It only took about three hours for the organization to be back at square one.
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 …
The Pisgah football field appeared to be in such bad shape in the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods, many feared it would be unplayable this season — leaving the Pisgah Bears without a home field.
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.
As is typical in Haywood County, when disaster strikes, people open up their hearts and wallets to help.
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.
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said it will take weeks and months for Haywood County to rebound from this week’s flooding, and years to fully recover from some of the damage, after a tour of the area Thursday.
Less than 24 hours after devastating flood waters hit Haywood County, a brand-new nonprofit was positioned to begin helping flood victims immediately.
LAKE JUNALUSKA — Emergency responders from across North Carolina congregated at Lake Junaluska late Wednesday for a meal and much-needed rest after helping search and rescue efforts in Haywood.
CANTON — Town Manager Nick Scheuer described the view along the Asheville highway along the Pigeon River as reminiscent of a war zone.
About 35 people in Haywood County are still unaccounted for, county officials announced Wednesday evening, following the first full day of search and rescue operations after Tropical Storm Fred passed through the region Tuesday.
CANTON — The day after tropical storm Fred hit Haywood, areas along the Pigeon River in Canton were left in tatters.
Before the flood waters had even receded, an outpouring of support had emerged across Haywood County to help victims who lost their homes and possessions.
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.
At a noon press conference, Haywood County officials offered an update on the flooding emergency created after Tropical Storm Fred brought heavy rains to the area.
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.
Haywood County Schools officials announced Wednesday morning that students and staff are safe after heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Fred caused substantial flooding.
This video shows flooding along North Carolina 215, the route to Lake Logan, the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 17, in Haywood County.
Damage assessment and rescue efforts continue into Wednesday morning following catastrophic flooding that ravaged Haywood County — especially the Canton, Clyde and Cruso areas — throughout Tuesday.
The ferocity of Fred, a tropical depression that hit the Florida panhandle yesterday, was wreaking havoc in Western North Carolina by mid-afternoon Tuesday.
CANTON — After just 18 months, the Cruso Endowment is already making a noticeable difference in eastern Haywood County.