According to an update from officials in Alexander County late Thursday (November 12) rescue personnel located another body at Hiddenite Family Campground, for a total of three deceased at that location. They continued this morning (November 13) to search for one adult and one child there, who are presumed missing. Swiftwater rescue teams evacuated 31 people from the campground.
In addition, an automobile accident occurred on Thursday morning 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. Alexander County experienced major flooding during the storm with approximately 7-10 inches of rain falling late Wednesday (November 11) into Thursday. Approximately 50 roadways across the county have been compromised, with four bridges or roads washed out.
Alexander County Emergency Services opened a storm shelter at East Taylorsville Baptist Church Thursday morning 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 to 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.