2021 wnc floods

The Porch: The River

Sep 17, 2021
Lilly Knoepp / Blue Ridge Public Radio

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On August 17th, historic flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred devastated Western North Carolina.  Haywood County was hit hardest, as six people were killed in the Cruso, Canton, and Bethel areas.

Matt Bush

On August 17th, flash floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred left six people dead in Haywood County, and devastated homes and businesses there and in neighboring Buncombe and Transylvania Counties.  While the analysis is ongoing of what caused such rapid and destructive flooding in these tight spaces, one reason is inescapable - climate change.

Haywood Declares State Of Emergency As Ida Arrives

Aug 30, 2021

(Tuesday 4:30 p.m.)  The latest weather updates and advisories can be found here.  Haywood County declared a state of emergency as the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida pass through the region. The county also issued a voluntary evacuation order for the areas still rebuilding from the last floods along the Pigeon River: Cruso, Bethel, Lake Logan, Center Pigeon, Canton, and Clyde.  

WNC Flood Survivor Recounts Harrowing Tale

Aug 30, 2021
Natasha Bright

Residents in Haywood County are holding their breath that remnants of Hurricane Ida don’t add to their misery this week.  For some, the trauma of what happened two weeks ago is still front and center.     

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

A request for a federal disaster declaration for areas of Western North Carolina devastated by last week’s flood will be coming soon according to Governor Roy Cooper, who toured affected areas again on Wednesday.  

Scott McLeod / Smoky Mountain News

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(4p.m. Sunday)  Release from Haywood County Emergency Services: Search efforts today focused on locating the last remaining person still unaccounted for following Tropical Storm Fred.   Five individuals have been confirmed dead — Frank Mungo, 86, Franklin McKenzie, 68, Judy Mason, 73, Charlene Mungo, 83, all of Cruso have now been identified and families notified.

The fifth victim, Frank Lauer, Sr., 74, of Cruso was located today, and his family have been notified. “I extend my deepest condolences to Mrs. Lauer and her family. We are holding the Lauer family close in our hearts, and are praying for them now in the time of their loss,” said Sheriff Greg Christopher