TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - An 11th lawsuit has been filed over the deaths of 20 people in the flooding of the Albert Pike Campground in southwestern Arkansas.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Texarkana, Ark., alleges "malicious and willful" neglect on the part of the U.S. Forest Service in the death of 38-year-old Eric Wayne Sultz of Nash, Texas.
The government has asked that the lawsuits be dismissed - claiming it has sovereign immunity and that state law protects it against claims filed by survivors and families of flood victims.
The victims from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas drowned after heavy rain fell the night of June 10, 2010, and the Little Missouri River rose from three to more than 20 feet in a matter of hours.