One Year Haywood County Flood Anniversary
By: Ben Rogers
August 17, 2022 marked the first anniversary of the Pigeon River Flood in Haywood County. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fred caused the river to rise to over 20 ft compared to roughly 2 feet the days prior. In the days following the flood, Cruso UMC transformed into a hub for search and rescue teams, a family meeting point, a distribution center of relief supplies, and a pit stop for individuals looking for a hot meal. One year to the day, Cruso UMC is still a beacon of light for the community. Community members and volunteer rebuilding teams are invited each Wednesday to enjoy a hot meal. The walls of the dining area are lined with tables overflowing with donated canned goods, cleaning supplies, and even fresh produce from local farms.
Volunteers have been helping the community rebuild since the days following the storm, and we are now scheduling teams through March of 2023. If you would like to learn more about the work happening in Haywood County, reach out to Ben Rogers.
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