Friday, June 11, 2010
RAW VIDEO of ARKANSAS FLOOD: 20 are DEAD and Hundreds are missing is massive river flood in remote campground in the Ouachita National Forest
CNN is reporting that at least 20 people died this morning at an Arkansas campground after heavy rain and flash flooding, and hundreds more are missing and unaccounted for after this tragic incident.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said there's word from the Red Cross that there could have been as many as 300 people in the rugged Albert Pike campground area of western Arkansas, but he said there is no registration that would show the precise number.
Bill Sadler, a state police spokesman, said a search is on for people still trapped in the area, a relatively remote and rural region where cell phone service could be spotty. Arkansas emergency management officials said 36 people were unaccounted for.
Raw Video from the scene showed a river coursing through the valley. The floodwaters overturned vehicles, crushed asphalt, downed trees and crushed cabins.
A spokesman for St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs said that five flood victims were in stable condition there.
The Albert Pike Recreation Area, a 54-unit campground in the Ouachita National Forest, was packed with vacationing families, many of them from Louisiana and Texas, Fox said. Two dozen people were hospitalized and another 60 were rescued from the steep Ouachita Mountains valley.