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Sixth Alexander County flooding victim identified; Ballew killed when car ran off washed out section of highway

Sixth Alexander County flooding victim identified; Ballew killed when car ran off washed out section of highway

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Millersville Church Road remains closed near where the road intersects with N.C. 16 in Alexander County. The road is one of 15 closed as a result of storm damage throughout the county. 

The N.C. Highway Patrol has identified the sixth victim of the flooding that ravaged Alexander County last week.

Hiddenite resident Daniel Keith Ballew, 64, died after his car ran off a washed out section of Hopewell Church Road, Highway Patrol Sgt. L.C. Crouse said Tuesday.

Crouse said Ballew died at the scene.

Heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Eta dropped as much as 10 inches of rain on some sections of the county. The flooding from the rains destroyed bridges, washed out roads and ruined homes in the county.

The five other victims of the storm died at the Hiddenite Family Campground.

The other victims were Crystal Dawn LeVan Reed, 49; Tyrell Jordan “Ty” Reed, 18; Tina Ann Allen, 52; Ronald James Wintemute, 76; and 1-year-old Mason Lee Flowers.

Flooding from the heavy rains also displaced a number of campground residents.

Campground manager Beth Korte said 30 families lived at the camp.

As of Monday, about 15 of those families were staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Conover with assistance from the Red Cross. Others were staying with friends or family, Korte said.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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