Part of Albert Pike Rec. Area reopening

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    LANGLEY, Ark. (AP) - Part of the Albert Pike Recreation Area where 20 people drowned in 2010 is reopening for day use.

    The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that no overnight camping will be allowed in the area along the Little Missouri River in Montgomery County, which was the scene of a devastating flood on June 11, 2010. Seven children were among the dead.

    The area of the Ouachita National Forest is known for its ruggedness and beauty and was a popular camping site before the flood deaths.

    The Forest Service says hazard signs have been posted and a swim area has been cleared of debris. Loops A and B and East Beach are to reopen on Thursday. Loops C and D are opening to foot traffic but not for parking.

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