LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A lawsuit filed by family members of three of the 20 people killed last year in a violent flash flood at the Albert Pike Recreation Area Campground, a federally operated campground, claims the government was negligent by leaving the people there in danger, reports the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
On July 11, 2010, a violent storm dropped heavy rain on the Ouachita Mountains and the water drained into the Little Missouri River, along which 200 or more people were staying. A torrent as high as 23 feet yanked trees out of the ground, toppled vehicles, lifted large asphalt slabs and stranded survivors for hours, reports the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Wilkes & McHugh, a Little Rock law firm, issued a news release Thursday, saying the campground never should have been built because of its location in a flood plain. The wrongful death suit seeks damages for the deaths and for the mental anguish of the survivors.
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