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Two dead, 20 unaccounted for after catastrophic flooding in western North Carolina

11:45 a.m. Thursday Update

The Haywood County EMS says multiple people have been deemed safe following a devastating flood near Canton, North Carolina. Unfortunately, they posted Thursday morning that “We have around 20 people still unaccounted for,” and that, “Unfortunately, two individuals were confirmed dead overnight. We are working with the medical examiner to make identification now.”

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, issued a State of Emergency in response to devastating flooding in western North Carolina.

Nearly 100 people were rescued due to flooding brought on by Fred in Canton, North Carolina — a town just outside of Asheville. As of Wednesday evening, however, Haywood County EMS reported 35 people were missing. The search is expected to resume Thursday morning.

The same Facebook post made by Haywood County EMS reported that there was damage to 10-15 bridges in Fred’s wake.

The Pigeon River in Canton, North Carolina usually runs at about 2 feet. The rain from Tropical Depression Fred, however, was enough to bring the river to a crest of 19.76 feet Tuesday evening.

Pigeon River near Canton, NC following Tropical Depression Fred

Pigeon River near Canton, NC following Tropical Depression Fred

This made for the 4th-highest crest on record for the river. The river has since come down below flood stage, but the impacts still remain.

Radar-estimated rain totals, in addition to official observations, show that 6-10″ of rain fell in and around Asheville this week. That included Canton. Parts of Transylvania County, North Carolina received more than a foot of rain thanks to Fred’s moisture.

Estimated rain totals this week in western North Carolina

Estimated rain totals this week in western North Carolina


Source: WSLS News 10

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