Alexander County experienced major flooding with approximately seven-to-ten inches of rain overnight (November 11-12). Approximately 50 roadways across the county have been compromised, with four bridges washed out.
Swiftwater rescue personnel had to evacuate 31 people from the Hiddenite Family Campground. There have been two confirmed deaths at the campground; however, the identities of the deceased have not been released. As of late this afternoon, there were two adults and one child who are presumed missing. Doors to several 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 vehicle’s occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. That person’s identity has not been released.
Alexander County Emergency Services opened a storm shelter at the East Taylorsville Baptist Church at approximately seven o’clock this morning (November 12) for those affected by the flooding. At last report, there were 13 people in the shelter.
Citizens are advised to use extreme caution if they must drive, and to never drive through standing water.
Alexander County Schools will operate with virtual learning tomorrow (November 13). Students and staff should not report to school buildings.
Anyone who requires assistance in Alexander County should call 828-632-9336 for non-emergencies or 9-1-1 for emergencies. Anyone with flood damage should visit alexandercountync.gov/storm to submit photos and information.
Officials in Alexander County expressed their appreciation to the a number of emergency agencies, including four swiftwater teams from the Mooresville, Sawmills, and Conover fire departments, along with Alexander Rescue & E.M.S., the Alexander County Community Emergency Response Team, and several local volunteer fire departments.