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Complete coverage of the flood at the Albert Pike Recreation Area from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Online.

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Emergency officials finished preparations for rising waters along the White River by evacuating more residents and placing sandbags around businesses, and residents in Pocahontas for the first time Sunday were able to see damage done to their homes by the flooded Black River.

Judge transfers Albert Pike lawsuits to Arkansas court

posted: 09/19/2012 11:11 a.m. Comment 1

A federal judge says that lawsuits over the deadly flash flooding at the Albert Pike campground in 2010 should be heard in Texarkana.

Another civil suit filed over Albert Pike floods

posted: 04/04/2012 7:47 a.m. Video | Gallery Comments 6

Another wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Forest Service over flash flooding at the Albert Pike campground that killed 20 people in 2010.

Suit by Louisiana kin over Albert Pike flood dropped

posted: 03/09/2012 8:59 a.m. Discuss

A lawsuit against the federal government filed by Louisiana family members of three of the 20 people killed in a flood at a U.S. Forest Service campground in southwest Arkansas has been dropped.

Widowed by flood at camp, man sues

posted: 03/09/2012 5:28 a.m. Discuss

Another family has filed a wrongful-death claim against the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that it was negligent when it created a camping area at the Albert Pike Recreation Area and that the agency’s employees failed to warn and protect campers when the Little Missouri River flooded in June 2010.

June ’10 flood a rare event, report states

posted: 11/03/2011 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The June 2010 flood that killed 20 people camping along the Little Missouri River was an extreme localized weather event that has less than a 1 percent chance of occurring during any given year, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Report details fatal flood at Albert Pike

posted: 11/02/2011 9:55 a.m. Comments 2

A flash flood that killed 20 people last year in southwest Arkansas was caused by as much as 4.7 inches of rain falling in the upper Little Missouri River watershed in three hours.

Patched-up schools to open after flooding in Minot

posted: 09/05/2011 2 a.m. Discuss

Mark Vollmer is stepping into a mess in his first year as superintendent of public schools in Minot, N.D. Minot schools open their doors on Tuesday, a week behind schedule after the worst flooding in the city’s history.

Coroner: Miss. man drowns in Lee’s floodwaters

posted: 09/05/2011 1 a.m. Discuss

Authorities say a man drowned in Mississippi when he was swept away by floodwaters caused by heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Kin of flood dead sue Forest Service

posted: 08/26/2011 6:01 a.m. Comments 8

Family members of three people who died in last year’s Albert Pike flood have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, citing negligence on the part of the agency and its employees — including those responsible for the creation of the RV campground known as Loop D, where most of the fatalities occurred.

Suit filed against US over fatal Albert Pike flood

posted: 08/25/2011 2:39 p.m. Comments 18

Family members of three campers killed in the 2010 flood at the Albert Pike Recreational Area have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S., claiming negligence by the Forest Service.

A year ago, 20 lost lives to flood

posted: 06/12/2011 4:47 a.m. Video | Discuss

It has been a year since flash floodwaters rushed into Albert Pike Recreational Area, killing 20 people.

Albert Pike remains closed while victims, officials debate its future

posted: 04/05/2011 4:30 a.m. Video | Comments 2

In years past, Janice McRae found serenity at her remote cabin, perched on the bank of the murmuring, sun-dappled Little Missouri River. Her family has lived on this land for five generations.

Forest Service to seek public input on Albert Pike area

posted: 04/04/2011 12:15 p.m. Discuss

The Forest Service said Monday that no decision has been made yet on the future of Albert Pike Recreation Area even as cleanup work resumes at the site of a flash flood that claimed 20 lives on the Little Missouri River in June.

Report on Albert Pike flooding expected in 2 months

posted: 02/11/2011 12:13 p.m. Discuss

A report on the flash flood of the Little Missouri River that killed 20 in southwestern Arkansas is expected within two months.

Fatal-flood site’s status vexes Ross

posted: 01/19/2011 5:29 a.m. Discuss

Congressman Mike Ross says the U.S. Forest Service has been frustratingly slow in its efforts to clean up the Albert Pike Recreation Area and decide what parts to reopen after 20 campers died in a flood there last summer.

Ross urges reopening of Albert Pike campground

posted: 01/17/2011 8:49 a.m. Comments 2

Congressman Mike Ross is calling on the U.S. Forest Service to work faster to restore and reopen a southwest Arkansas campground that was the site of a deadly flood seven months ago.

Swept Away - Part 3: Dawn reveals magnitude of loss

posted: 11/23/2010 6 a.m. Comments 2

Reuben and Kathryn Cleveland strained to keep their heads above water as the Little Missouri River gushed into their 1985 Toyota motor home parked at the federal campground. “Lord, if it be thy will and we have to go, let us go together,” Kathryn, 78, prayed aloud. “But please, spare the children.”

20 lives lost in Albert Pike flood

posted: 11/23/2010 3:02 a.m. Discuss

The 20 who died in the Albert Pike flood.

Swept Away - Part 2: ‘Get everybody and get out!’

posted: 11/22/2010 6 a.m. Discuss

The water’s powerful current splintered families camped along the Little Missouri River. Two children clung to a tree as their mother was swept away. Aging childhood sweethearts, married for decades, were yanked apart. Those able to keep their heads above water became targets for chunks of concrete, vehicles and upended trees launched by the turbulent river. Kerri Basinger clung to her two young daughters as the engorged river tossed and tumbled its human cargo.

Swept Away - Part 1: River turns campground into deadly trap

posted: 11/21/2010 4 a.m. Discuss

As the Little Missouri River churned through the campground, uprooting trees and carrying away RVs, Kerri Basinger turned to her husband Shane. “I think this is it,” she told him. “We’re fixin’ to die.” “No, we’re not,” Shane declared, his eyes reflecting a grim determination. “Don’t scare the kids.”

The Albert Pike Flood: About this series

posted: 11/21/2010 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Reporters Cathy Frye and Amy Upshaw began conducting interviews for this series in the days following the June 11 flood. In all, they talked to more than 20 survivors, rescuers, relatives and others familiar with the flood.

Albert Pike flood timeline

posted: 11/21/2010 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Timeline of events surrounding the Albert Pike flood.

Why they shared their story

posted: 11/21/2010 3 a.m. Discuss

When the Democrat-Gazette approached Kerri Basinger and Candace Smith about participating in this series, they were reluctant.

Campground fatally flawed, report finds

posted: 10/23/2010 6:23 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. Forest Service district ranger at the Albert Pike Recreation Area disregarded advice from scientists, relied on flawed information and ignored a documented history of flooding when he oversaw construction of Loop D, which bore the brunt of a deadly flood in June, according to a federal report released Friday.

Many items lost in Albert Pike flood are recovered

posted: 08/18/2010 8:49 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Forest Service says more than 3,000 items lost during a deadly flood in southwestern Arkansas have been recovered and can be claimed by owners.

Flood-hit grounds closed indefinitely

posted: 06/19/2010 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Albert Pike Recreation Area, as well as several popular hiking trails, in the Ouachita National Forest will be closed indefinitely, U.S. Forest Service officials said Friday.

Arkansas campground to remain closed for now

updated: 06/18/2010 4:02 p.m. Video | Discuss

The campground where 20 people were killed in flash flooding will remain closed until further notice, officials said Friday.

Search effort officially ends after Arkansas floods

updated: 06/16/2010 5:29 p.m. Discuss

As the focus at the Albert Pike Recreational Area shifts to damage assessments, state agencies on Wednesday announced the official end to the search and rescue following the flash floods that left 20 people dead.

Pryor says low-tech warning system needed

posted: 06/16/2010 1:01 p.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he would prefer a “simple and low-tech” way to warn people at remote campsites such as the western Arkansas recreation area where 20 people were killed by flash floods last week.

Search for flood’s victims ends

posted: 06/16/2010 6:28 a.m. Comment 1

The organized search for victims of a Friday flash flood in the Albert Pike Recreation Area ended Tuesday as U.S. Forest Service engineers and safety officers began inspecting the campground for hazardous areas.

List of victims of the flash flood

posted: 06/16/2010 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas State Police released a list Tuesday afternoon of the identities of the 20 verified fatalities of last Friday’s flash flood along the Little Missouri River.

Names of 20 flood victims listed by Arkansas police

updated: 06/15/2010 7:31 p.m. Discuss

State police said Tuesday that all 20 victims in last week’s flash flooding at a popular Arkansas campground have been identified. Spokesman Bill Sadler said the name of one victim, a young girl whose body was found Monday, was not being released yet, because authorities have not been able to contact her family.

Search called off after fatal Arkansas flood

updated: 06/15/2010 4:42 p.m. Comment 1

The search for victims of Friday's flood that left 20 dead has ended, an official said.

Search for Arkansas flood victims continues

updated: 06/15/2010 10:07 a.m. Video | Discuss

Rep. Mike Ross led the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday in a moment of silence to honor the lives lost in the recent flash floods that swept through the Albert Pike Recreational Area in southwest Arkansas.

Girl’s body found, believed the last

posted: 06/15/2010 5:54 a.m. Video | Discuss

Search teams found the body of a young girl Monday near the Albert Pike Recreation Area, raising the death toll to 20 from Friday morning’s flash flooding.

List of Arkansas flood victims

posted: 06/15/2010 3:17 a.m. Discuss

At least 20 campers died in flash flooding along the Little Missouri River at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in southwest Arkansas early Friday morning.

Police confident girl’s body is last flood victim

posted: 06/14/2010 5:35 p.m. Video | Discuss

State police say they are “quite confident” that the body of a girl found Monday is the last one they were looking for after deadly flash flooding along the Little Missouri River.

18 of 20 Arkansas flood victims ID'd

updated: 06/14/2010 5:10 p.m. Discuss

Eighteen of the 20 victims in last week’s flash flooding at a popular Arkansas campground have been identified. Those killed include:

Body of a 20th flood victim found near Arkansas campground

updated: 06/14/2010 2:52 p.m. Comments 2

Crews on Monday found a 20th victim of a flash flood that swept through a popular campground, but they continued searching because authorities don’t know if body belonged to the last person thought to be missing.

More funerals set for flooding victims

posted: 06/14/2010 9:31 a.m. Video | Discuss

More funerals are set for the victims of last week’s flash flooding at an Arkansas campground.

Rescuers find 19th victim of flood

posted: 06/14/2010 6:15 a.m. Video | Discuss

Search and rescue teams found the body of a 19th flood victim Sunday and will continue to search today to find what officials believe is the last missing person from Friday’s flash floods at a campsite in the Ouachita National Forest.

Kin, friends remember good times

posted: 06/14/2010 5:22 a.m. Video | Discuss

Generations of families slept in cabins and campers along the Little Missouri River in the Albert Pike Recreation Area early Friday.

19th body recovered after flood

posted: 06/13/2010 7:39 p.m. Video | Discuss

Anxious family members toured the campground Sunday where their loved ones were staying when they were swept away by a flash flood, allowed to see for themselves the steep terrain that made escaping the rising water in darkness so difficult.

Grandmother, toddler among dead in flooding

updated: 06/13/2010 7:30 p.m. Comments 3

Those killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike Recreation Area loved the outdoors in general and the rugged beauty of the Ouachita Mountains in particular. The 19 confirmed dead include a number of children, a young mother and a New Orleans-area grandmother who had vacationed in the area for 60 years.

Heat, debris piles slow Ark. campground searchers

posted: 06/13/2010 1:55 p.m. Comments 2

Searchers are fanning out across the Little Missouri basin in search of missing campers from Friday’s massive flash flooding in southwest Arkansas.

More IDs of flash flooding victims released

updated: 06/13/2010 7:33 p.m. Discuss

Sixteen of the 18 people killed in flash floods along the Little Missouri River have been identified as residents of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. A half-dozen of the victims were children. Those killed include:

Day 2: Hunt ... wait ... hope

posted: 06/13/2010 5:54 a.m. Video | Discuss

Families and friends of the two dozen people still missing since the flood at a popular campground early Friday braced themselves Saturday for grim news as another day passed without seeing their loved ones.

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