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U.S. Forest Service had no warning plan for deadly AR. flood

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges in a new report that the agency had no warning plan in place the night 20 people died in a flash flood in southwestern Arkansas.

The Forest Service released the report Friday on its role in the deadly June flood. Seven children were among those killed.

The agency says that in response it will put in place an emergency notification system and evacuation plan. It will also train staff and volunteers put the plans into action.

A storm system dumped a tremendous amount of rain onto the mountains that drain into the Little Missouri River, which rose in a torrent in the early darkness of June 11, laying waste to the campground.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service will make changes nationwide.

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