Ouachita National Forest officials
have closed Albert Pike Campground after flash flooding yesterday caused
serious damage to facilities and resulted in a number of fatalities. Search
and rescue operations are still underway under the direction of the Montgomery
County Sheriff’s office. Forest Supervisor Norman Wagoner expresses his condolences to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.
The campground is located around
17 miles from Glenwood on the Caddo-Womble Ranger District. Forest personnel
are reporting major damage to vehicles, campground facilities and personal
property at Albert Pike after a heavy storm stalled over the remote area known
for it’s rugged terrain. Many trees were downed as a result of fast moving
waters causing area roads to be impassable. Some Forest Service roads in
the area may be closed for a few days due to roads/culverts/bridges being
washed out or boulders deposited in the road. Albert Pike Campground will remain closed until further notice
to allow for search, rescue and recovery activities. For information on the
facilities or surrounding area contact Tracy Farley at (479) 964-7200 or C.J.
Norvell at (918) 567-2326.