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AR flood leaves families still in search of loved ones

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

LANGLEY, AR (WFLX) - 70 year old Reuben Cleveland is one of the lucky ones. "I thank the man upstairs." He was the camp host for the Albert Pike Recreation Center in Langley, Arkansas.

The campground is where a deadly flood rushed through early Friday morning. His job was to keep a log of everyone who entered the camp, but he could only worry about saving himself and his wife when water filled their small motor home. "We couldn't get out. We didn't have time. It happened that quick."

The force of the water picked up the home, spinning it around several times. A tree stopped it from flowing down the river and it came to rest on a more than 90 degree angle. "I told my wife, 'This is it girl,' but the tree stopped us. You know, it's the only thing that saved us."

After several hours, the water receded and the Clevelands escaped to discover two elderly couples in the camp were missing. "Search teams are back out for the third day in a row." These crews in boats are sweeping every part of the Little Missouri River, looking for any signs of the missing.

"There are some groups with search and rescue dogs that are on foot in the campground and some crews working on debris piles."

But hope of finding more survivors gets slimmer with each passing day. 7 year old Jayden Bassinger is one of the missing. Her father and sister were killed while her mother survived.

Family members of those unaccounted for kept vigil at a local church and held a service at the campground, praying that somehow their loved ones will be found alive.

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