Governor Cooper Visits Several Mountain Counties After Flooding (2018-06-01 14:55:01)

Governor Roy Cooper visited McDowell, Rutherford and Polk counties Thursday.

The governor viewed some of the damage from the recent flooding and thanked emergency responders for their work. 

Cooper declared a state of emergency across western North Carolina Wednesday allowing for deployment of essential assets for storm response and recovery, and transportation waivers to speed up movement of utility vehicles and trucks involved in relief and recovery operations.

Reports indicate that at least 50 roads remain closed in various counties. North Carolina Emergency Management as well as local officials will begin surveying damage once conditions are stabilized. Additional information is available at

The state of emergency covers 33 counties including Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Burke Counties.

In addition, the state's price gouging laws are in effect in all 33 of those counties. Under the law, the Attorney General’s Office can put a stop to price gouging and seek refunds for consumers who paid too much. The courts may also impose civil penalties against price gougers of up to $5,000 for each violation.

Additional information is available at or by calling 877-5-NO-SCAM. 


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