Congressman: Hurry Up on Campground Cleanup

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January 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross is calling on the U.S. Forest Service to work faster to restore and reopen a southwest Arkansas campground that was the site of a deadly flood seven months ago.

Ross told the Texarkana Gazette that work to clean up the Albert Pike Recreational Area "has been frustratingly slow" and that reopening the site is important in the healing process.

A flash flood last June 11 killed 20 campers at the recreational area and two areas remain closed because of safety concerns. Ouachita National Forest spokeswoman Tracy Farley says the Forest Service is still considering the future operations of the campground.

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