- - Monday, June 14, 2010


Flash-flood warnings went out 4 times

LANGLEY | Before a wall of water swept through a narrow gorge in the Ouachita Mountains, worried forecasters sent warnings four times in a single hour to advise of the potential for flash flooding.

But those warnings, issued in the middle of the night, never reached vacationing families in a remote campground in the floodwaters’ path. The camp had no ranger on location, no cell-phone service and no sirens, and deputies at the nearest sheriff’s departments were at least an hour’s drive away.

By the time authorities could have reached the campsites, the Little Missouri River would have already risen by 14 feet and started to cut off low-water crossings.

As searchers on Monday recovered the body of a 20th person killed in the raging torrent, attention shifted to preventing similar disasters in the future.

Federal and state officials planned to conduct a review to determine what factors contributed to the disaster.


Teen sailor’s mom: No reality-TV plan

LOS ANGELES | The family of a 16-year-old California girl rescued from the Indian Ocean as she tried to sail solo around the world abandoned plans for a reality show before the girl set sail and has no interest in revisiting them now, Abby Sunderland’s mother told the Associated Press on Monday.

Marianne Sunderland also said the family has no interest in cashing in on her daughter’s rescue with a documentary or other deal.

“There is no reality-TV show, there’s no documentary that’s going to be made, there’s no book deal,” Mrs. Sunderland said.

The New York Post reported Monday that Abby Sunderland’s father, Laurence, said he signed a contract for a reality show weeks after his daughter set sail from Southern California in January.

Mrs. Sunderland said that report and others were based on misinformation and misunderstandings.


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