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Old 06-11-2010, 10:35 AM   #1
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Flash Floods In Arkansas

In case anyone has friends camping in SW Arkansas:

CADDO GAP, Ark. Flash floods triggered by more than a half-foot of rain wiped away campsites along a pair of southwestern Arkansas rivers early Friday. State police said a dozen people were killed and several others were stranded.
The normally peaceful Caddo and Little Missouri rivers rose by 20 feet overnight, swamping hikers and campers spending the night in the remote and normally serene Ouachita Mountains. The area also includes second homes, hunting camps and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds.
"We don't know who was in there last night," State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said. "This is a very wide area."
Sadler said officials were moving in a refrigerated truck to set up a temporary morgue. Searchers were working along the Little Missouri River in Montgomery and Pike counties and the National Guard dispatched helicopters to help in the rescue.
Sadler said 12 people had been killed in the floods.
Gov. Mike Beebe, in Dumas for an economic develop announcement, said the deaths occurred about 5:30 a.m., when the water hit its peak. He said he did not plan to visit the site immediately.
"I don't want to get in the way," Beebe said. "There is an intense search-and-rescue attempt."
The Little Missouri west of Caddo Gap stood at 3 feet Thursday but after 7.6 inches of rain fell in the area overnight the level jumped to 23.5 feet by Friday morning. At 10 a.m. it had dropped to 11.5 feet.
The damage was centered around the Camp Albert Pike area, 75 miles west of Little Rock.
Rainfall totaled 7.6 inches at Glenwood, a weather reporting station about 20 miles from the scene, according to data from the National Weather Service at North Little Rock. Marty Trexler, a senior meteorologist, said heavy rain fell throughout the region before moving into northern Arkansas later Friday morning.

Remember these fellow campers in your prayers.

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Old 06-11-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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Very tragic indeed.

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I am watching CNN and all I can say is what tragedy. They think there are 36 people missing, perhaps more plus the 16 already deceased. There apparently is no way to know how many people were there since no registration for campers.
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i wonder if any of them had weather emergency radios, and if that would have done any good
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Tragic. We plan on going through that area this fall.
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One of the things that modern Weather Alert radios warn of is floods. I'm told forecasters predicted this flood.

Now, considering the location I am not sure such a radio would have worked, but.. I find that my portable often fails to receive when my "Desktop" radio, with an external antenna on a short mast, works very well. (It is a general coverage receiver with capability in that range)

So if the park had such a radio, with tower, it might have warned them in time to get out of danger.. I don't know.

I do know lives have been saved in other places by these radios.
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16 Campers Dead in Arkansas

Campers were caught in a flash flood while they slept.
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This truly makes my heart sad for these people. My prayers are with the survivors and the families that lost loved ones in this tragedy. This proves the saying that ''Life is tenuous and we can lose it in an instant and sometimes without warning''. May God bless the families and bring them comfort in their time of sorrow.
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Beyond words...

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We camped there (Albert Pike) when I was a kid. I took my family camping there when my kids were small but haven't been back in more than 30 years. It is in a remote area, a rugged valley surrounded by hills. I doubt a Weather Alert radio would have been of any use, but don't know for sure. Really sad.

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Arkansas flash floods

Those of us who pray should remember the families of the victims of the tragic floods in Arkansas. Some of the fellow campers/RV'ers lost 3-4 family members.

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