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  1. #1 At least 16 dead in Arkansas flood 
    At least 16 dead in Arkansas flood
    Mike Stone

    Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:22pm


    The flooded premises of the Arrowhead Cabin & Canoe Rental is seen in Caddo Gap, Arkansas in this frame grab taken from video footage captured June 11, 2010.
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    CADDO GAP Arkansas (Reuters) - Flash floods swept through a campground in western Arkansas overnight, killing at least 16 people as they slept and leaving an unknown number missing, state officials said on Friday.

    A wall of water, triggered by heavy rains that swelled the Little Missouri River to 20 feet, caught victims asleep in their tents at the Albert Pike campground in the Ouachita Mountains west of Little Rock, authorities said.

    The death toll was lowered to 16 from the 20 that was previously reported, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said.

    She added that officials did not know how many people were missing "as we don't know how many people were there."

    Television images showed cabins reduced to rubble and mobile homes and vehicles overturned by the waters.

    "There was a significant amount of rainfall last night and water quickly rose along the campsites," said Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.

    Chad Stover, spokesman for the State Emergency Operations Center, said search and rescue operations were ongoing. He could not confirm earlier reports that children were among the dead, saying the ages of the victims had not been released as of late on Friday.

    "Water came all the way up to our bed," said Joe Yoakum, who was staying with his family in cabins in the area. They were evacuated before the water could threaten them. Other witnesses said they saw dead cows floating in the water.

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    tragic.:(
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    It hits home for me. We still remember the Big Thompson flood that killed so many. :(
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    How sad.

    My mom was staying at a campground in Illinois two years ago when a storm hit and people died.

    One man was loading his family into the family car, when a tree landed on one of the tents and killed a couple of his children & family dog. The storm came without warning.
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    This is awful. So many campgrounds are in beautiful places by streams or rivers. Floods like this don't happen that often at most, but when they do it can be devastating.
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    People really to pack a crank radio and listen to the emergency band several times a day. We learned that the ultra-hard way out here. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    People really to pack a crank radio and listen to the emergency band several times a day. We learned that the ultra-hard way out here. :(
    I never understood why more campers don't do this? IMO, must have equipment are waterproof matches, a crank radio, crank lantern, Mylar blankets, glow sticks, flare gun, survival knife, dehydrated food. Hell, this is crap in my survival kit. Not for general camping use but in an emergency kit. All of this can fit in an Igloo cooler and kept aside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    I never understood why more campers don't do this? IMO, must have equipment are waterproof matches, a crank radio, crank lantern, Mylar blankets, glow sticks, flare gun, survival knife, dehydrated food. Hell, this is crap in my survival kit. Not for general camping use but in an emergency kit. All of this can fit in an Igloo cooler and kept aside.
    I thought I was the only one that did this? Happy to see that I'm not the only person in the world with a disaster kit that includes a crank radio.

    All of this stuff wouldn't have done those campers a bit of good unless they were up at 2:00 am to hear the warning.
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