On August 17, 2021, Tropical Depression Fred caused heavy flooding in Western North Carolina. Many people lost their homes, all of their possessions, and in some cases, their lives. At least four people have been confirmed dead in our neighboring Haywood county as of Saturday morning.
Before we dive into the photos, please take a moment and consider what you can do to aid survivors. Here are a few options we've collected. Please reach out to us at Editor@AshevilleFreePress.com if you'd like us to add anything to this list.
- Canton, a city in Haywood County, was among the hardest hit. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help. Please include the following: Name, contact (email, phone), and what you can assist with (donations, meals, housing, manual labor, professional services, etc.)
- Asheville's BeLoved has called for donations of money, tents, sleeping bags, bottled water, flashlights, pop-top canned food, lighters, Sterno, toiletries, first-aid supplies, children's toys and books, baby supplies, and more. You can Venmo them: @BeLoved-Asheville
- Donations of supplies and funds can be made to Feeding the Multitude, a Canton-area mutual aid program. See their page for the latest on supply donation drop-off locations. You can Venmo them: @FTM6375
- Asheville Survival Program is continuously working with the Asheville area unhoused community, and unhoused folks are always among the hardest hit with disasters like these. Asheville Survival Program is on Instagram @avlsurvival. You can Venmo them: @AVLSurvival
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