Preventing deadly flash floods in the future at Albert Pike

Preventing deadly flash floods in the future at Albert Pike

Flood specialists from the U.S. Geological Survey came out to gauge the area and see how to prevent something like this deadly flash flood from happening again.
After the deadly flash floods that swept through the Albert Pike Campground Friday, many are now looking at how to prevent something like this from happening again.

Flood specialists from the U.S. Geological Survey came out Monday to sort through the disaster. They went through through the campground marking how high the water got in various spots.

The placement of huge objects, like boulders, can also tell them how and where the water moved. There are no stream gauges here so it's more difficult to get a good reading of the water levels. Those gauges can also be used to alert officials of dangerously high water.

The National Weather Service says that may come in the future but studying what happened can help too.

"It's important for us as scientists to understand this because its important to be able to build predictive capabilities into this kind of stuff," says USGS Flood specialist Robert Holmes.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says the best thing you can do if you're out camping is to get a portable weather radio to warn you of any approaching danger.

The family center in Lodi has been shut down and all the families have gone home.  Tuesday, recovery crews will be back out searching but it will be a more limited search. The Red Cross will still be out in force to help those rescue workers and volunteers as long as they are needed.
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