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Holder Branch Road Cleared

Cleanup efforts are continuing in the wake of recent flooding conditions and resulting mudslides.

One lane of Holder Branch Road in Canton was opened around 7 p.m. Monday to local and emergency traffic.  A mudslide earlier that morning had pushed trees and earth about 200 feet down an embankment above the road, blocking the lower end of the road and isolating people in nine residences above.  The slide, covering nearly 125 feet of roadway, shut down the only point of entry and exit to the area. 

Haywood County emergency personnel are continuing cleanup efforts and monitoring other areas, including smaller slides reported and ground shifts on Cathey Cove, Dutch Cove Road, Groundhog Road, and Highway 276 over Waynesville Mountain.

Greg Shuping, Haywood County Emergency Management Director, stressed the importance of residents having an emergency plan in place.
“We challenge the community members to continue to remain diligent,” he said.  “We encourage them to maintain responsibility for their families and make sound decisions about their safety.”

Residents with questions regarding erosion, slopes and stormwater concerns may contact Haywood County Erosion Control at 452-6706.  Questions concerning the roadway cleanup progress should be directed to DOT at 456-5633.


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