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Arkansas Flash Floods Kill At Least 12

Jun 11, 2010

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Flash floods have killed at least 12 people, possibly a mix of campers, hikers and local residents in southwest Arkansas about 95 miles west of Little Rock, state officials told reporters Friday.

Arkansas Online reports the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers rose an astounding 20 feet overnight after a heavy rainfall.

State officials indicated that search-and-rescue operations were underway to locate people stranded by flooding which occurred after nearly eight inches of rain fell overnight in the area where Ouachita National Forest is located, a draw for outdoor enthusiasts.

An excerpt from Arkansas Online:

... The area also includes second homes, hunting camps and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says he does not know if those killed early Friday were campers or area residents. He says officials moved a refrigerated truck to Langley to use as a temporary morgue.

"The mission of this department right now is to extricate the living and locate the dead," he said...

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