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Two More Deceased Identified in Flooding Disaster

Over 225 searchers were deployed today on day four of search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred in Haywood County. 

As of this release, 4 people remain unaccounted for.

Four individuals have been confirmed dead — Frank Mungo, 86, Franklin McKenzie, 68, Judy Mason, 73, Charlene Mungo, 83, all of Cruso have now been identified and families notified.

Heavy equipment teams are moving into the area and beginning the process of clearing the largest debris piles. The Western North Carolina Flooding Home Cleanup Hotline number is — 828-222-3975.

Residents who are working on clearing debris from their properties are encouraged to document as much as possible with photographs before they move anything so that complete damage assessments can be made.

In the process of removing debris, please do not pile it into state roads. Doing so may block access to rescue vehicles and other essential traffic.

Residents hoping to access active search areas are being asked to present identification before entering restricted areas.

The emergency shelter at Tuscola High School is now closed. Anyone still needed long or short -term shelter should contact the helpline number.

Storm-Assistance Helpine:  828-356-2022. 

Hours of operation:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. M- F, 

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Please call 828-452-6666 after 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Types of assistance available through the helpline:

  • Missing person information

  • Food, housing assistance

  • Special needs assistance

  • Volunteer or donation opportunities

  • Other storm-related needs


Where to donate items:

  • Helping Haywood: 289 Industrial Park Drive Waynesville

  • HCC Small Business Building:  144 Industrial Park Drive

  • Please do not take donations to Bethel Baptist, they are out of space.


Locations to receive assistance:

  • Bethel Baptist Church: 5868 Pigeon Rd, Canton, NC 28716 – clothing, children’s clothing, food, water, toiletries

  • Canton First Baptist Church: 74 Academy Street Waynesville – food, water, toiletries

  • Faith Community Church: 289 Industrial Drive Waynesville – food, water, toiletries


Those affected by storm damage will find meals are available at Bethel Baptist Church: 5868 Pigeon Rd, Canton, NC 28716

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