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Arkansas Flooding Kills 16 (Updated: Dozens Missing From Federal Campground)

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 1:05 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Flash floods in Arkansas — in an area where up to 300 people may have been camping — has claimed 16 lives with dozens more missing. TV reports suggest that many of the victims were families camping with their children.


UPDATE — This ABC report says 20 are dead with dozens more missing. It appears the area impacted the most is the Albert Pike federal campground:

“The Caddo and Little Missouri rivers — two normally gentle waterways — rose by 20 feet overnight, engulfing the hikers and campers who were spending the night in tents along the rivers in the isolated Ouachita Mountains.

“Within ten minutes the water had rose and campers were floating down,” Hofer told ABC News. “If they didn’t get out of their camper within five, ten minutes, they weren’t getting out.”

Albert Pike Campground
[U.S. Forest Service]

5 Responses to “Arkansas Flooding Kills 16 (Updated: Dozens Missing From Federal Campground)”

  1. Wow! I sure hope that no unauthorized personnel tried to rescue anyone!!!

    Icy Texan (ba698c)

  2. See, this is what happens when you sass the union bosses, they unleash Mother Nature on you.

    AD - RtR/OS! (d6c711)

  3. I updated the post.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  4. Is this the same area that had a similar occurrence a few years ago?

    What a terrible end for families, especially with youngsters. My heart goes out them and all affected.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  5. Wow! I sure hope that no unauthorized personnel tried to rescue anyone!!!

    At least back in the day (over 50 years ago) when I used to visit Camp Albert, the Montgomery and Pike County sheriffs had some common sense that those bigtime Colorado city slicker sheriffs don’t. They knew the difference between being a professional and being an officious 455H013.

    Camp Albert (that’s what us locals called it) is in a valley, and right on the Little Missouri. You could just about walk out of your tent and wade right into the river, which as you can see, is fairly shallow. So a flash flood can really wreak havoc. My heart goes out to the families.

    Passing Through (1acc6f)

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