Overnight flash floods: note from a reader

This came to my desk. It’s good background.

I’ve lead several hiking trips out of the Albert Pike C.G.

The state highway leading into the camp from Langley hugs a bluff line as you reach the bridge to cross the Little Missouri.

The campground lies on the west bank and spreads up a gravel county road that heads west up a side valley.

The stream that goes up this side valley is also prone to flood. This makes this road tough in high water. The main bridge, forget it.

There is a second road from the campground that immediately climbs a ridge to head over to another camping area about 10 miles off.

This is the road that you should have took to get out of harms way. In the dark and in the confusion of the flood waters, getting to this road is very tough.

The Little Missouri river in this area has high bluff lines and very hard rock.  The Caddo Indians used the rock in this area for trading with other tribes. The river has a large falls area about 5 miles up stream from Albert Pike and the river had Class 2 and 3 rapids when floatable by kayak or canoe.

Don’t be surprised if many of the dead came from Texas or La.  Most of the camps users are folks who have come in to 4 wheel the back roads.

Most come from the Dallas and Shreveport area.

This area is quite beautiful, but in flash flood conditions this canyon is just as bad as those out west. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO GO WHEN IT RAINS.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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