LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The floodwaters that killed 20 people at a remote Arkansas campground last year swelled well above campers' heads and raced through the flood plain at speeds of up to 7.5 miles per hour, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report released Wednesday.
Walls of water that averaged 7 feet deep in part of the campground scoured the earth below, carrying away tents and boulders and overturning RVs as campers slept.
"You couldn't stand up in it, and it was flowing pretty fast," said Robert Holmes, a national flood specialist who was a co-author of the report about the flood at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in southwest Arkansas.(Read more...)