ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (November 16, 2020) — On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Alexander County sustained tremendous flood damage to the Hiddenite Family Campground, located in the Hiddenite community of Alexander County. Due to heavy rains, water levels of the South Yadkin River rose quickly to a catastrophic level, washing away campers, vehicles, and property from the campground. Emergency services responded, where they rescued and evacuated 32 people.
Following the rescue, law enforcement was given a list of five people who were unaccounted for.
On Thursday in the afternoon hours, three deceased victims were located and recovered. On Friday, November 13, at approximately 11:00 a.m., another deceased victim was located and recovered. On Friday, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the last remaining deceased victim was located and recovered. Victims were located at various locations on the campground property, approximately a quarter-mile from the campsites.
On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the victims recovered were identified as:
• Crystal Dawn LeVan Reed, age 49 of Hiddenite
• Tyrell Jordan “Ty” Reed, age 18 of Hiddenite
• Tina Ann Allen, age 52 of Hiddenite
On Friday, November 13, 2020, the victims recovered were identified as:
• Ronald James Wintemute, age 76 of Hiddenite
• Mason Lee Flowers, age 1 of Hiddenite
An additional death occurred on Thursday morning in an automobile wreck. The NC Highway Patrol is investigating this case.
Sheriff Chris Bowman, along with the Alexander County Emergency Services, would like to thank all agencies, departments, civilians, and equipment owners, both local and out of county, for providing their assistance.