One year later, victims of deadly flood are memorialized

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    ALBERT PIKE, Ark. (KTHV)--A year has passed since a flood took the lives of 20 people at the Albert Pike campgrounds in Montgomery County.

    Saturday, victims' families gathered to remember and honor their loved ones.

    Janice McRae owns the campground and was one of the organizers of the ceremony. She is happy to welcome the families back to her land, even though it is a sad anniversary.

    "I had always thought it was a good place for families and I still think that but there's been times when I've actually been mad at the river if that makes any sense at all," says Janice McRae. 

    Tracy Farley with the Ouachita National Forest says the area is still closed to camping. "The area is closed. The day-use area is closed. The camping is closed. We're getting ready to look at the long-term use of Albert Pike."

    Sheri Russell lost three cousins in the flood of 2010. She is from Arlington, TX and has been coming to camp at Albert Pike for many years. "People would say 'Well, aren't there places to camp in Texas? Yeah, but it's not Albert Pike! There's still no other place like Albert Pike."

    The monument shows each victim's name and was made possible by donations from local businesses, area cabin-owners and strangers passing through the campground.

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