Laurel Bank Campground

Laurel Bank Campground owner Sherrie McArthur is still trying to decide what to do after flooding in 2021 devastated the campground. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

In August 2021, the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred devastated parts of Haywood County, N.C. A campground in Cruso was hit especially hard and with fatal consequences, according to ABC 13 News.

Campground owner Sherrie McArthur is still recovering, but she has hopes for a better 2023.

For McArthur, the impacts of the tragedy remain. A lot of destruction is still present, though many of the debris piles have been picked up. But for her, she must figure out what her next moves are with the property and how to handle things emotionally as she heads into a new year.

“It’s just been hard on so many people,” McArthur said.

Almost a year and a half have passed since the remnants of the storm swamped her Laurel Bank Campground, taking four lives onsite and two others in Cruso. The upheaval lingers.

“All up and down the highway, people’s lives are still disrupted,” McArthur said.

For her, it has been months and months of navigating what she said can be complicated assistance.

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