2 dead, around 20 unaccounted for after severe storms in Haywood Co.

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Flooding damages homes and businesses in Canton after storms. (Photo: A Shot Above – Aerial Photography/ Videography of Western North Carolina)

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – Haywood Emergency Management Service said two people are dead and around 20 people are unaccounted for after severe storms flooded Haywood County.

We previously reported 35 people were still unaccounted for Wednesday after severe flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred in Haywood County.

Officials said over 200 searchers set off Thursday morning on missions to continue searching home to home along the Pigeon River, clearing areas and making preliminary assessments of damage.

Two people were confirmed dead Wednesday night, according to emergency management. Several people were determined to be safe and reunited with their families, but about 500 families are displaced at this time, according to Haywood County officials.

Officials said there is significant damage to roads and bridges, especially in Cruso, with at least 10-15 bridges damaged or destroyed. Department of Transportation has fixed some secondary roads.

Local officials took a walking tour of the damage around the area Thursday.

Haywood County officials said 225 structures were destroyed in the flooding. Those buildings were valued at around $300 million.

3 main roads and 22 secondary roads in the county remain closed.

Governor Roy Cooper said crews made about 200 water rescues due to the storm.

The Haywood County Sheriff says debris is still in the river. It’s unclear how many cars there are. As the water recedes, officials can check cars for people inside.

Engineering teams will be arriving today to work on assessing damage and constructing temporary bridges. Sen. Thom Tillis and NC Gov. Cooper will be visiting the area Thursday.

The emergency shelter at Tuscola High School is housing 11 people today.

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