UPDATED: 20 killed in flash flood, as many as 40 missing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Updated @ 4 p.m. CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) - The impact of the flash floods that killed at least 20 people in Arkansas can be clearly seen along the banks of the Caddo River.

Cabins dotting the banks are severely damaged. Boards hang lopsided from rooftops, and porches are missing rails.

Some trees were flattened by the water, bent to the ground by the force of the water. Mobile homes lay on their sides.

Heavy rains caused the Caddo and Little Missouri Rivers to climb out of their banks during the night. Around dawn, floodwaters barreled through a recreation area filled with vacationing families -- possibly still asleep when their tents began to fill with water.

As the water receded, anguished relatives pleaded with emergency workers for help finding more than 40 loved ones.

Authorities are preparing for a long effort to find victims whose bodies may have been washed away.
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CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) - State police say 12 people are confirmed dead after flash floods triggered by heavy rains slammed a pair of campgrounds in southwestern Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler says he does not know if those killed early Friday were campers or area residents. He says officials are moving in a refrigerated truck to set up as a temporary morgue.

He says rescuers are searching for anyone still trapped by the flooding, but that they do not know how many there may be. He says the water level in Montgomery and Pike Counties peaked at 23.5 feet Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says 7.6 inches of rain in the area.
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