The flood of 1916 broke every record in the book. The death and destruction it caused in Western North Carolina defined flooding for an entire generation of survivors, and their stories live on nearly 100 years later.
An excitable rat terrier mutt scuffles underfoot as Sara Smith unlocks the side door to her Hayesville home and ushers us inside. Built in 1998, the modern structure sits atop a hill that’s been in her family since the 1850s. The government granted part of the land to her ancestors following the passage of the … Continued