All 10 lawsuits in SW Ark. flood set in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Lawsuits over a 2010 flood at a southwest Arkansas campground that killed 20 people have been filed in three states but all the court actions are to be heard in Texarkana.

Survivors sued in federal courts in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas over the wall of water that rushed through the Albert Pike campground on June 11, 2010. Seven children were among the dead.

The lawsuits claim the U.S. Forest Service should not have built the campground in a low area along the Little Missouri River because officials knew it had a history of flooding.

The Texarkana Gazette reports{}U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey is to hear the 10 pending lawsuits. The government has asked for the lawsuits to be dismissed.

Victims included residents of the three states.