Fort Smith / Little Rock (June 11, 2010) – The Salvation Army is responding to the scene of deadly floods in Pike and Montgomery Counties in Western Arkansas. Flash flooding Thursday evening and early Friday morning has dropped close to six inches of rain very quickly. Many campers at Albert Pike Recreational Campgrounds were caught off-guard. Rescue operations are underway.
The Salvation Army has been requested to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and victims of the floods. The incident command will be established in Langley, Arkansas. Initial response teams include a crew from Fort Smith including Captain Carlyle Gargis, a crew from Little Rock and led by Major Harvey Johnson, and Captain John Dancer of Hot Springs. Captain Donald Marvels of El Dorado as well as the rest of The Salvation Army in Arkansas are on standby.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the floods to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate to Arkansas flood. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm. Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army location.