Rescue officials in Alexander County have confirmed a fifth death as a result of yesterday’s storm. A 37-member Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team began search efforts at 8:00 a.m. today (November 13) at Hiddenite Family Campground in an attempt to locate one adult and a one-year-old child, who were presumed missing.
The rescue team discovered the adult’s body at approximately 11:30 a.m., for a total of four deceased at the campground. On Thursday, swiftwater rescue teams evacuated 31 people from the campground. One additional death occurred in an automobile accident on Thursday morning on Hopewell Church Road due to a bridge outage and high water. The car’s occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Victim identification information is not being released at this time as emergency services personnel are attempting to contact the families. Alexander County experienced major flooding during the recent storm with approximately 7-10 inches of rain on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Approximately 50 roadways across the county were compromised, with four bridge outages and six roads that are currently impassable.
Closed roads now include: Millersville Road near Hwy. 16 South (bridge outage), Cheatham Ford Road (bridge outage), Rocky Face Church Road (bridge outage), Hopewell Church Road (bridge outage), Sulphur Springs Road, Macedonia Church Road, Rocky Springs Road, Berea Church Quincy Road, Ramie Mitchell Road, and Jud Smith Road.
County emergency services currently has four (4) assessment teams on the ground across the county to determine the extent of the damage. 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), USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), and local volunteer fire departments