HIDDENITE, N.C. — Families who lost everything during devastating flash flooding at an Alexander County campground two weeks ago are getting new homes just in time for the holidays.
Many of the families have been staying in motels, so Boone-based Samaritans Purse stepped in to make sure they have a place to call home.
The nonprofit is giving the families trailers to live in at no cost. Officials said the 11 travel trailers were brought in from Texas after they were used there in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Families can start moving in as early as next week.
“A lot of us have nowhere to go right now. We’re a family from the campground. So for them to give us campers all in the same area is really just a blessing,” survivor Renee Huskey said.
East Taylorsville Baptist along with churches across the area have also been trying to help the families after floodwaters swept through the Hiddenite Family Campground killing five people, including a 1-year-old boy.
Azariah Feiler told Channel 9 she will never forget clinging to her children during the flooding.
“In my mind I’m thinking how many people are dying right now. And are me and my children going to die like this,” she said.
Feiler and others survived by climbing on top of their travel trailers waiting to be rescued.
“Our camper started rolling like a log. So then we were on our camper trying to stay on it because it was rolling,” Huskey said.
The sheriff told us more than eight inches of rain fell in the area within just three hours. Swift water rescue teams saved more than 30 people after the water rose about 15 feet.
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