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Damage Update Given


Last updated 9/6/2021 at 11:43am

On Friday during Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit, Transylvania County officials gave him an update on damages from the flooding and efforts to help those impacted.

County Manager Jaime Laughter said preliminary estimates show there was $16.6 million in private or individual-type damage from the storm. This excules all the roads and bridges and other assets damaged, she said.

Those impacted include 109 private buildings, 20 private roads, 15 private bridges and a Balsam Grove trout farm that lost 190,000 pounds of fish, plus a bridge to the farm and residences. Public infrastructure damage included water and sewer, and roads and bridges in state and federal parks and forests. Estimates are still being calculated as to the extent of that damage, she said.

The county is estimating 38 structures either suffered major damage or were a total loss, with most of them being homes. The county, Laughter said, has been working with state officials and the Red Cross on a case by case basis to find long-term housing solutions. As of Friday, officials were still working with 17 households that have been displaced.

Commission Chairman Jason Chappell thanked Cooper, local and state officials for all the work they have done since Fred hit. He noted that 23.4 inches of rain fell in some parts of the county over a 24-hour period. Rosman’s French Broad River gauge was about 3.6 inches short of breaking the record for the area. The county had to evacuate 100 to 200 citizens and tourists during the time, including at the Davidson River campground. Chappell said that if not for the quick actions of local emergency service officials to evacuate, the situation could have become a “major disaster.”


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