U.S.: Flood death toll in North Carolina reaches 4

Four people have died as a result of the flooding. Five people are still missing. About 200 rescuers continue to search for missing people in homes and buildings along the Pigeon River, which has reached record high water levels.

More than 105 people and 23 pets have been rescued from flooding in western counties since Tuesday. In a statement, Sheriff Greg Christopher said:

“It is with great sadness that we report that two more victims of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fred have been located and found. Identification and notification of relatives is underway, and more information about these individuals will be released once this process is complete.”

“We would like to extend our condolences to all of the families affected by this tragedy, and especially to those who have lost loved ones.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper toured the flood damage while visiting the city of Canton and the community of Crusoe in Haywood County.

“People in western North Carolina have been hit hard by Tropical Storm Fred, and we are prepared to provide all available resources to provide the help they need,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We are praying for all those affected by this storm.”

Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday to activate the state’s emergency operations plan. The state of emergency also extends to Jackson, McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

The governor has said he will seek federal aid, additional state aid and a plan to make the community more resilient to future hurricanes.

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