Sep. 1—The initial outpouring of support for those impacted by flooding was collecting food, water, cleaning supplies and clothing.
County officials say the supply chain is fully stocked and the need now needs to shift to the pressing need of housing.
There is an immediate plan in place to begin helping those who are without a home after Tropical Storm Fred. A temporary shelter is in place that's currently being operated by Red Cross and the Haywood County Department of Health and Human Services at Lake Junaluska.
The second prong is a rapid rehousing effort that was kick-started with a $175,000 contribution by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners, and has been augmented by donations across the region, including a $400,000 contribution by the Canopy Realtor Association and Canopy MLS, the entity that the former Haywood County Board of Realtors merged with.
It is estimated that flooded homes can be made clean, safe and warm with $17,500 as long as volunteer teams are available to do the work. Baptists on Mission have pledged to stay in Haywood as long as it takes to help with the rapid rehousing effort.
Leaders hope federal or state help will be available to help those who are without a home or who's homes will need to be totally rebuilt.
To address rapid rehousing needs, the United Way of Haywood County is the lead agency in Haywood collecting funds for the endeavor.
Send donations to United Way of Haywood County Flood Recovery, P.O. Box 1139, Waynesville, NC 28786, or donate online through the organization website, uwhaywood.org.
Duke Energy has donated $50,000 to the town Canton to be used within its existing business grant program to assist businesses that have been impacted by the flood. At the energy company's request, the loans will be make available to businesses within the broader Canton community, which includes Bethel and Cruso.
At the town's Thursday board meeting, Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers called upon other corporations to contribute to the fund, as well.
Send donations to Canton, 58 Park St., Canton, NC 28716 and note the contribution is for the business flood relief fund.