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Gov. Cooper Visits Transylvania County Friday


Last updated 9/3/2021 at 10:01pm

Gov. Cooper visited Depot Street in Rosman Friday as part of his tour of some of the spots in the county recently hit by flooding. (Times photo by Alex Perri)

Gov. Roy Cooper was in Transylvania County Friday and visited areas recently hit by flooding in Rosman and Pisgah Forest.

In Rosman, Cooper went to Depot Street, just off Main Street, to inspect the Depot Street Apartments. In Pisgah Forest, he visited Cemetery and Davidson River roads.

During his visit, Cooper also met with local officials. Cooper said financial damage assessments have been sent to FEMA and the state is hoping for a "quick response" to help those who have been impacted.

A number of private roads and private bridges have been impacted in the county and other areas in Western North Carolina, but there are no federal reimbursements available to help with repair costs, he said. Cooper said state officials and state lawmakers, as part of the current budget process, are trying to set aside funding to help those with private roads and bridges who were impacted.

"We want the people of Transylvania County to know all of North Carolina is behind you and wants you to make it through this," Cooper said.

County Manager Jaime Laughter Friday also gave an update on the extent of the damage that occurred. She said preliminary estimates show there was $16.6 million in "private or individual-type damage" in the county, with work ongoing to help 17 local households who have been displaced. More on the extent of the damage in the county and Cooper's visit will appear in Monday's paper.


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