Three Texans File Claim Over Deadly Arkansas Flood

Seven children and 13 adults died in the flood

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    Cynthia Faram
    An Arkansas flood killed seven children and 13 adults at a campground in Jun. 2010.

    Three Texas residents whose children were injured when floodwaters swept through an Arkansas campground have filed a federal tort claim against the U.S. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The claim filed Dec. 23 by Natisha Rachal and Benjamin and Judy Pate accuses the Forest Service and the National Weather Service of not properly maintaining the severe weather and flooding warning system at the Albert Pike Recreation Area.

    Seven children and 13 adults from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas died at the campground on June 11, 2010.

    The plaintiffs' sons were camping with nine others, including one of the boys' fathers, Anthony Smith. He and five others died.

    The National Weather Service didn't immediately return a request Wednesday seeking comment. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.