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UPDATE: Twenty confirmed dead after floods in Arkansas


LANGLEY, Ark. (AP) -- State police say the 20th victim of a flash flood that swept through a popular Arkansas campground was a young girl. But authorities don't yet know if she is the last person they were looking for.

Capt. Mike Fletcher says crews found the girl's body Monday morning.

Officials had said earlier that they still were looking for a young girl missing from the campground at the Albert Pike Recreation Area. But Fletcher says searchers aren't positive if the girl whose body they found was the same one reported missing by her family.

Fletcher says police will wait to announce the girl's name until her identity is confirmed by dental records or DNA.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler says searchers will decide Monday night whether to continue the search Tuesday.


LANGLEY, Ark. (AP) -- State police say the death toll from a flash flood that tore through an Arkansas campground has reached 19 and searchers are looking for just one more missing person.

State Police Capt. Mike Fletcher says one more body was recovered at midday Sunday.

He says searchers are looking for one more person who went missing after the pre-dawn Friday flood swept through the Albert Pike Recreation Area.

Fletcher did not disclose the latest victim's identity. Sixteen of the 19 people confirmed killed in the flood have been publicly identified.


LANGLEY, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas State Police Capt. Mike Fletcher says the death toll from flash floods that swept through a popular campground has reached 18.

Fletcher said Saturday that he had not details about the 18th victim.

Authorities have publicly identified 15 of the 18 victims. Eight were from Louisiana, six were from Texas and one was from Arkansas. Among them were six young children.

Search and rescue crews have been scouring the wilderness in and around the Albert Pike Recreation Area near Langley for survivors and bodies.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas State Police say searchers have found a 17th body in the flash flooding at a campground in southwest Arkansas.

Spokesman Bill Sadler says the body was found Saturday and hasn't been identified yet.

Crews are searching on ATVs, canoes and horseback for dozens of missing people since a flash flood swept through a popular campground before dawn on Friday. Authorities say the floodwaters rose as swiftly as 8 feet per hour as they swept through the Albert Pike Recreation Area.

The campground in the Ouachita (WAH'-shih-taw) National Forest had been packed with vacationing families.

Officials say the search for the missing could take days, if not weeks.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- The search for victims and survivors of flash flooding at an Arkansas campground has resumed.

State emergency officials say crews will fan out on ATVs, canoes, kayaks and horses to search for people missing since the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers swelled after heavy rains early Friday. The death toll remained at 16 overnight, and on Friday emergency workers said at least 40 people were missing.

The Little Missouri River rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour for a time Friday, swamping a campground filled with vacationing families. Many were asleep when the floodwaters rose.

Gov. Mike Beebe said he is hopeful there will still be rescue efforts, rather than just the recovery of bodies.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- The search is on for dozens of people who may have been washed away by floodwaters that rushed through an Arkansas campground. Many are feared dead.

Heavy rains caused the normally quiet Caddo (KAD'-oh) and Little Missouri rivers to climb out of their banks during the night. Around dawn, floodwaters barreled into the Albert Pike Recreation Area, killing at least 16 people.

The raging torrent poured through the valley with such force it peeled asphalt off roads and bark off trees. Cabins dotting the river banks were severely damaged. Mobile homes lay on their sides.

Two dozen people were hospitalized. Authorities rescued 60 others.

Denise Gaines of Baton Rouge, La. was startled awake in her riverfront cabin. She saw water rushing under the door and woke up the six others in her cabin. After the cabin filled with chest-deep water, the group clung to a tree and each other outside for more than an hour until the water subsided.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- Gov. Mike Beebe says the death toll from flash flooding along a pair of Arkansas rivers has risen to 20. Rescue teams also are searching for more than 40 people reported missing.

Heavy rains triggered flooding early Friday along the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers in the southwest portion of the state.

The worst damage was at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest, where hundreds of people were camping.

Floodwaters rose 20 feet overnight after more than a half-foot of rain fell on the region. Anxious families are gathered near a command post for word about their loved ones.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- The rugged river valleys of the Ouachita Mountains in southwestern Arkansas are a draw for hikers and campers, but early this morning they turned into a trap.

Heavy rains triggered flash floods along the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers, swamping campers sleeping along the rivers' banks. Authorities say at least 16 people were killed and family members have reported more than three dozen people missing after the normally peaceful rivers rose as much as eight feet in an hour.

The National Weather Service says more than seven and a half inches of rain fell and one river gauge shows the water rising more than 20 feet overnight.

State police describe the affected area as "very wide" and it's not clear exactly how many people may have been there.

The National Guard has dispatched helicopters to help rescue efforts, because much of the area is now inaccessible by land. Floods have eroded or blocked some roads, and parts of the valley are so steep and craggy that the only way out is to hike downstream.


CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- State police say 12 people are confirmed dead after flash floods triggered by heavy rains slammed a pair of campgrounds in southwestern Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says he does not know if those killed early Friday were campers or area residents. He says officials are moving in a refrigerated truck to set up as a temporary morgue.

He says rescuers are searching for anyone still trapped by the flooding, but that they do not know how many there may be. He says the water level in Montgomery and Pike counties peaked at 23.5 feet Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says 7.6 inches of rain in the area.

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