What's scary is that my daughter was planning to camp there this week...was supposed to go there yesterday right before the actual flood, taking my grandson with her. The flash flood took place , evidently, overnight. They would have been camped right along the river, like everyone else. Things kept happening to postpone the trip. Her vehicle started having issues, among other delays. Thank God she never went. She's just shaking her head in wonder. They would have been in this flood.
Please pray for these folks families. My daughter knew a couple of families who were there.....
This disaster has been all everyone here has talked about all day. So far 16 confirmed dead and over 40 still missing. The Coast Guard has been dispatched and working recovery.
Albert Pike Campgrounds is a very beautiful place for camping and hiking. It is located in a valley between mountains and when heavy rains come, the river rises extremely fast.
But this time, wow...20 foot rise from normal level. That was really fast. Reports are that it was the speed of the rushing water that was so destructive. Cabins were destroyed and cars flowed down stream.
Hopefully more survivors will be found, but time is running out. This is a sad time for many who were on vacation.
Glad to know your daughter didn't go. It gives me goosebumps when I hear stories like that where there are all kinds of delays only to learn that the delays probably saved their lives. I tend to look at delays differently after reminders like this. What if every delay was simply so that a sequence of events could be prevented.
She was pretty shook up about it. She would have been camping in the tent area.....likely anywhere along the river. It's very primitive. She & my grandson would have been directly in the path of the flood.
The death count has risen to 18 as a mother and child was discovered Friday late. 80 campers have been rescued and 23 are still unaccounted for. News information is slowly being released as the relatives of the tragedy are being notified first.
Do you know where the rescued campers were found? Were they clinging to trees, or did they make it up into the rocky crevices? I haven't been there in so long I've just about forgotten the exact terrain. From what I understand, this was the MAIN campground, where all the cabins are together, near the entrance? I'm really feeling freaked out about this.
Some climbed the rocks and some hung onto trees. One man had a small youth group and he got them out at the beginning of the flooding. Hopefully there will be reports or more found today, but...the more time goes by.....it is really horrific.
..I am so thankful that your daughter did not camp there, Annette.... There were alot of people in this area that took their horses down there to help look for survivors and recover the deceased. I was horrified to hear of it...I am praying for those that have lost loved ones...it was such a tragedy...hard to comprehend that the water could raise up that high in a matter of hours...it must have been like a tidal wave....and then to hit when everyone was asleep..it was just so horrible.
The number of missing has been dropped to 3 persons. Some of the registered guest were not at the campground. I talked to a cousin who lives closer by the area and he said the water speed was estimated around 100 mph. He said it looked more like a tornado had ripped the area. There is even asphalt ripped off of highway.
The thing to know about the Little Missouri River in this area is that is is very small and usually around only 3 feet deep. The river rose 20 feet in 4 hours to 23 feet during the flooding. It is located in a valley surrounded by Mountains.
And here is one pic downstream from the campground at a US Highway bridge.
Terrible...!! Glad that you're daughter had not made it there yet when this occurred. (and vacation time had just started...as Michael pointed out.) Michael...100 miles an hour...on a river? So unreal. Terrible, Terrible news. My heart goes out to the tragic loss of life in Arkansas.
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