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Monday, May 2, 2011

Scouts stranded by high water near Albert Pike

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

A spokesman for the Montgomery County sheriff's office in Mount Ida says eight people with a Louisiana Boy Scout group have been stranded by high water on the Eagle Loop trail near the Albert Pike camping area on the Little Missouri River.

The group is believed to be safe on high ground, with camping gear, but they apparently realized about 10 p.m. Sunday night that rapidly rising water of Little Missouri or tributaries had cut off their exit routes. The batteries on the group's wireless phones have been depleted.

The sheriff's office said the group includes two adults and six kids. Search and rescue teams have been in position at two points where the trail can be accessed, but the water is currently too high to cross. They are waiting for the water level to drop.

The group was not camping at the Albert Pike recreation area, which has been closed since a flash flood drowned 20 people there last June.

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