Flood Victim Search Ends; Death Toll Remains at 20
State authorities have officially called off the search for victims at the Albert Pike Campground in western Arkansas campground where 20 people were killed by flash flooding on June 11, KFSM-TV, Fort Smith, Ark., reported.
The state police mobile command center is expected to leave today (June 17). Officers had already scaled back their search efforts on Tuesday after the 20th victim was identified.
"It was constantly reassuring to see state, federal and local agencies coordinate so well in the face of such a shocking disaster," Gov. Mike Beebe said today in a press release from his office. "While the Forest Service will have sole jurisdiction from here forward, Arkansas stands ready to help if any additional assistance is requested."
All victims of the flash flood along the banks of the Little Missouri River in Montgomery County appear to be accounted for. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is working with the U.S. Forest Service and local authorities