Two confirmed dead in NC in Fred’s aftermath

Haywood County damge

Two people were confirmed dead Thursday morning in the aftermath of Tropical Strom Fred, according to Haywood County officials. 

“We are working with the medical examiner to make identification now. More information will be released after next of kin has been notified,” Haywood County officials said in a news release.

Hundreds of rescuers fanned out over mountain communities Thursday morning after the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred pounded the area Tuesday, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing residents. Two among the roughly 30 missing were found dead overnight, according to Haywood County Emergency Services

More than 200 people resumed the search today, going door-to-door along Pigeon River, assessing damage and clearing some of the destruction Fred let in its wake. 

“At this time we have around 20 people still unaccounted for. Several people were determined to be safe and reunited with their families,” the county said in a news release Thursday morning. About 30 people were missing Wednesday afternoon. 

“There is significant damage to roads and bridges, especially in Cruso, with at least 10-15 bridges damaged or destroyed,” officials said. 

Engineering teams are also headed to the flood-damaged region to make assessments and construct temporary bridges. 

Governor Roy Cooper and Sen. Thom Tillis are visiting the area Thursday. 

If you need help 

An emergency shelter remains open at Tuscola High School Thursday and is currently housing 11 people. 

Emergency officials have also started a new helpline for anyone looking for storm-related assistance. The number is 828-356-2022​, and the hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. But anyone with immediate life-threatening needs should call 911, officials advise. 

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