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June 14, 2010

20th body found in aftermath of Arkansas floods

Posted: 04:53 PM ET

Langley, Arkansas (CNN) - A 20th body was found Monday from last week's flash flood that inundated an Arkansas campground, and a search for more possible victims was continuing, officials said.

The body, which was found in a river near the Albert Pike Recreation Area, had not been identified, said Michael Fletcher of the Arkansas State Police.

"We're still in the process of making a recovery and getting it out of there," he said.

The find came as authorities announced that they had increased to 12 the number of canine units searching piles of debris for more victims, said Mike Quesinberry, the head of the rescue effort for the U.S. Forest Service. "Hopefully, there's no one else left," he said.A wall of water swept through the Albert Pike Recreation Area before dawn Friday, when most of the campers in the remote area were sleeping. The park is located along the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers, and the flood struck so quickly that many of the campers had little chance to escape, officials said.

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earlline   June 14th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

I would like to see CNN/Larry King do something for the anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Maybe Katherine would come. Have you asked her or the kids. We could use an update on the Kids, I bet Prince I and Paris would love for their daddy to be honored


earlline   June 14th, 2010 5:29 pm ET

Or the adult Jackson children might come sometime that week. Joe Jackson has flipped his lid.


Smith in Oregon   June 14th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

It's sad these campers were sleeping? and apparently unaware the nearby creek was rapidly raising for some 2 hours due to the heavy rains. Such happens when people are mostly un-tuned and out of touch with nature. There senses to such incoming dangers are entirely muted.

This happens to nearly everyone living in the concrete and asphalt jungles where everyday stress, sounds and initial emergency's are accepted, endured and largely ignored.

Even the roar of the rushing creek turned into a 20' deep river wasn't enough to summon many of the campers to even look outside their tents!! Survivors stated they 'thought' it was simply the wind!


Smith in Oregon   June 14th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

Another victory for Dr. Murray! At a hearing today, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor refused to suspend Murray's California medical license despite a request by state authorities to bar him from practicing, saying he did not have the authority to revoke it.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 15th, 2010 8:51 am ET

Very sad what has happened to these campers. Keep hearing stories like these every now and again, with people being caught unawares by the changes and forces of nature and of the potential dangers.

We seem to be experiencing more and more extremes in nature by the looks of things. One just wonders what is going on.

Not long ago there was the Nashville floods and now this. One after the other.


angel-watcher   June 15th, 2010 10:39 am ET

I would like to see Larry King interview investigative journalist, Charles Thomson. Thomson has a wealth of information that exposes the media bias, which continues to this day, in the coverage of Michael Jackson. Thomson recently did an in-depth report on the coverage of Michael Jackson's 2005 trial. Having Thomson on Larry King's show would be nothing short of a revelation.


angel-watcher   June 15th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Re: Conrad Murray. The judge was right. What the California Medical Board giveth, it must taketh away.


Jess   June 15th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

Smith in Oregon ... Your lack of compassion makes me a little sick. Have you ever even been to Albert Pike? There is one road into the camp ground and if that is blocked (like it was in the flood) it's a straight up climb to get out. The campers were trapped. The water rose 8 feet per hour, which is just an average, as it probably rose more quickly at first and gradually slowed down. This was a freak of nature, for a 3 foot river to rise 20 feet. There is no weather warning system and no cell service. Yes a flash flood warning was issued but not till 6pm, when campers had already set up camp (and already were with out cell service or weather warnings). Yes there was a 70% chance of rain, but people who camp all the time are not bothered by a little rain. In fact my husband was exited about the rain because it meant the river would be up a little. No one could have predicted a 20 foot surge. My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones. This is a tragedy that tears my heart in two.


Eric Maxey   June 15th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

I have been on this river for almost 40 years and have never seen the water surge like it did.it was truly a freak deal,being a part of the search I saw damage of an F5 tornado..only one landline phone in the park and no on site ranger didn't help matters any.It was a 24ft surge in 40 mins!So no use pointing blame on such a freak of nature..maybe this lesson will help prevent this in the days to come.my heart goes out to the familys of those lost..


Amy   June 16th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

Thank you Jess. I agree. Smith in Oregon, you have no idea what you are talking about. My family and I have been going there since I was a little girl, and unless you know the area, you cannot understand what happened. My son was there two days before it happened and was supposed to be there that day, but they decided to come home early because they were tired. If you knew the people that camp there on a regular basis, you would know they are by no means "out of touch with nature." You're an IDIOT and you need to SHUT-UP! How would you feel if this were your family?


Raven   June 17th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

I feel sad that all these things are happening. My mom said that in 2010, something will hapen and it will effect all of us so bad that everyone will go crazy and that the ecomomy will go down. I think it already did though.


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