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At least 30 unaccounted for after storms in Haywood Co., damage assessment underway

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – Haywood County officials updated on storm aftermath in the area on Wednesday, saying that at least 30 people are unaccounted for.

Haywood County issued a State of Emergency due to the storm.

A damage assessment is still underway, according to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. Welfare checks are in progress. Officials say some homes are completely destroyed and phone lines are down in some areas.

A boil water advisory is in effect for the county. The City of Canton has no drinking water at this time, according to the sheriff’s office.

Flooding was reported throughout the area on Tuesday. The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office urged residents along the Pigeon River to seek higher ground. Emergency shelters opened in Waynesville and Canton, and remain open.

The Asheville Fire Department said they responded to assist in Haywood County with water rescues and landslides. The department said there are multiple water rescues due to flooded roads.

The Department of Transportation said a retaining wall collapsed along U.S. 19/23 in Canton. Both directions of that highway were closed while crews worked to repair the damage.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were blocked near mile marker 26 in Haywood County due to a debris flow, according to the NCDOT. A rockslide along I-40 westbound near Exit 37 (Wiggins Road) also blocked lanes.

Sheriff’s Office encouraged people to stay home and off the roads if possible.

Fox 8 News Channel

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