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Arkansas flooding — 12 and counting dead

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JayFarrar, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member


    Word is that 12 are dead, but the count could be much higher. An estimated 300 people were at the campground when a small river went from three feet to 23 overnight and caused what was described as a wall of water coming down the mountain.

    Guard is flying blackhawk rescue missions and since it is out in the middle of nowhere the area has no cell phone coverage, so that is causing some problems with the efforts.

    ABC News is flying in as I type. I suspect most of the other national news outlets are either on the way or on the ground.
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Global warming is a bitch.
  3. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    And the count is now up to 36 more people missing, with at least 12 16 dead.
  4. Second Thoughts

    Second Thoughts Active Member

    Early reports said 200-300 may have been in the area. The three dozen unaccounted for are based on families and friends of those supposed to have been camping there.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Here, I believe, is the camp site in question. It's got 54 camping slots with a max of six people per spot.

  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    An Arkansas TV station reports 70-80 people there, which means most are dead or missing right now.

  7. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Death count is up to 20. Around 30 people have been rescued. One of the campers ran through the grounds early this morning waking people up and telling them the water was coming.

    A refrigerated truck was sent down from Little Rock to serve as a temporary morgue.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    From several Twitter accounts ...

    They've found bodies eight miles downstream.

    Officials are worried about finding all the victims because the camp site's registration papers were lost in the flood. So they don't know exactly how many campers were there or their names.
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Looks like most of the victims are going to be from Texas and Louisiana. One of our softball players went camping up there somewhere in the state this week and was supposed to be back Sunday. Don't know if that was the place or not, but I worry a little.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Worst disaster in the state since that silo explosion in '65.
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