UPDATE, 6:00 pm: Closed roads include: Sulphur Springs (750 block and at Hill River Road), Berea Church Quincy Road (500 block), Ramie Mitchell Road (200 block), Cheatham Ford Road (1300 block), Rocky Face Church Road (1500 block), Macedonia Church Road (800 block), Hopewell Church Road (1100 block), and Millersville Road near Hwy. 16 South.
UPDATE, 5:45 pm: The search will end at approximately 6:00 p.m. tonight and will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13.
UPDATE, 4:00 pm: Rescue personnel have located another body at Hiddenite Family Campground, for a total of three deceased at that location. They continue to search for one adult and one child there, who are presumed missing. Swiftwater rescue teams evacuated 31 people from the campground. With the casualty from the automobile accident, the number of deceased totals four people.
UPDATE, 3:00 pm: Rescue crews have recovered another body from the campgrounds, for a total of three deaths due to the flooding. Rescuers are still searching for two adults and one child.
November 12, 2020, 2:00 p.m. — Alexander County experienced major flooding during the recent storm with approximately 7-10 inches of rain overnight. Approximately 50 roadways across the county have been compromised, with four bridges washed out.
Swiftwater rescue personnel had to evacuate 31 people from Hiddenite Family Campground. Sadly, there has been one confirmed death at the campground; however, their identity has not yet been released. Currently, there are three adults and one child who are presumed missing. The doors to the campers cannot be opened due to high water. Emergency personnel are continuing the search.
In addition, an automobile accident occurred on Hopewell Church Road in the Vashti community due to a bridge outage and high water. The car’s occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity has not been released.
Alexander County Emergency Services opened a storm shelter at East Taylorsville Baptist Church at approximately 7:00 a.m. for those affected by the flooding. There are currently 13 people in the shelter.
Citizens are advised to use extreme caution if they must drive and never drive through standing water.
If you require assistance, call (828) 632-9336 for non-emergencies or 9-1-1 for emergencies.
If you have flood damage, visit www.alexandercountync.gov/storm to submit photos and information.
Alexander County would like to express its appreciation to the many emergency agencies that assisted, including four swiftwater teams from Mooresville Fire Department, Sawmills Fire Department, Conover Fire Department, Alexander Rescue Squad & EMS, Alexander County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and our local volunteer fire departments.