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September 19, 2021

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Governor Cooper and Senator Tillis reviewing Canton disaster today

The survey of the damage continues today in Haywood county after rainfall from Tropical Storm Fred dropped enough rain Tuesday to cause the Pigeon River to crest at 19 feet and 7 inches which is more that six feet above flood stage. Travis Donaldson, the EMS Director for Haywood county confirmed this flood of the Pigeon River was as greater that that of Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Today Governor Roy Cooper and Senator Thom Tillis are in Haywood County to survey the damage and are expected to announce the availability of emergency assistance to those who have been displaced due to the flood.

Haywood county officials have reported that 30 people are missing and two are confirmed dead from the massive flood that swept homes, cars, and people away. At least three mobile homes were washed down the river as well as travel trailers parked near the river. Dozens of Canton businesses and at least one church are closed after flood waters saturated their basements and ground floors. Several roads remain closed which NC Dot crews continue to haul away debris and stabilize roads and right of way which has been severely eroded due to the massive flow.

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