Multiple people had to be rescued on the Buffalo River today after heavy rains caused the river to rise dramatically overnight, the Newton County Sheriff Department announced today.
A Boy Scout group consisting of three adults and six juveniles became stranded downstream of the Hasty Access when they awoke to water in their tents.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and Hasty Fire Department used a jet boat and transport vehicles to rescue and shuttle the group.
The National Park Service, along with BUFFSAR, rescued a larger group near the Mount Hersey Access.
Officials encountered other stranded groups, but they were all above river level and had food, shelter, and provisions to wait for the river level to drop, according to police.
Sheriff Glenn Wheeler advises visitors to be aware of weather forecasts and camp well above river level in an area with an escape route should the river unexpectedly rise.
Wheeler also said visitors should carry extra food and clean water in case of an emergency.