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Officials said five people were killed during Thursday’s flooding at the Hiddenite Family Campground, including a 1-year-old baby. At least 30 others were rescued.
ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a 1-year-old boy who was missing since devastating flash flooding in Alexander County, North Carolina Thursday was recovered Friday afternoon, authorities confirmed.
Five people were killed after the Hiddenite Family Campground flooded Thursday. More than 30 people were rescued from the rising floodwaters Thursday, which left some houses and cars completely underwater. The search for the baby and an adult continued Friday.
A dive team from the Charlotte Fire Department recovered the body of a 31-year-old man Friday morning. Multiple crews from agencies across the Charlotte area were called to assist with the search.
A sixth person was killed elsewhere in the county in a car crash caused by the flash flooding.
The National Weather Service surveyed the damage in Hiddenite Friday. While the weather data is still being finalized, other recorded rainfall totals from Alexander County showed at least 7 inches of rain fell in some areas.
Approximately 50 roadways across the county were compromised, with four bridge outages and 11 roads that are currently impassable, according to county officials.
The campground was overwhelmed when water from the South Yadkin River overtook the property.
WCNC Charlotte spoke to one woman said she knew one of the people who died. She said she’s still hopeful.
“Keep your heads up and don’t lose faith because God is able to bring everyone home that’s missing and right now that’s what we all need to cling to,” Nyoka Matney said.
Rivers and other waterways remained swollen Friday after the record-breaking rain event.
Further downstream in Mecklenburg County, residents living along the Catawba River were voluntarily asked to evacuate as Duke Energy worked to maintain the water levels along the Catawba River and Mountain Island Lake.
Water levels are expected to remain high across the Carolinas as the water table works to handle the excessive rainfall, which will flow its way across the region and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean.