Arkansas floods: Palm family witness account

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    "Around 4 a.m. my mom woke me up and said, 'Pack your stuff; the water is like right outside the cabin,'" says Palm.

    His family came from Abilene, Texas to Montgomery County, a few miles outside the Albert Pike campground and just feet from the rising river water.

    "I didn't believe her at first and so I walked out and the water was right by the car and it was about to start rising really quick, so we grabbed everything we could," says Palm.

    Witnesses say the steady rain started sometime after 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. Eventually the water levels in nearby creeks and rivers started to rise and rescuers say the flash flooding likely started sometime around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.

    Palm says one family sleeping in a tent near the river banks was pulled in by the current.

    "The water rose around them and they didn't realize it, so they were in the middle of the current and they had to pull the wife out with a rope because she was pinned against a tree," describes Palm.

    Rescue officials fear there could be several other people out there also in need of help.

    The National Guard sent in two Blackhawk choppers to check for survivors possibly outside of campgrounds along the river banks.

    The Palm family has come to the campground for reunions for years. They and the campground managers say the water hasn't been this high since the early nineties.  

    "It's kind of scary what can happen when you go on vacation," says Palm.

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