UPDATE: Police identify man who died in floodwaters at Fort Chaffee


UPDATE (10 p.m.): Police have identified the man who died after the van he was in became submerged in floodwater.

Officer James Breeden with the Barling Police Department identified the victim as 64-year-old Tommy Adams.
The van Adams was in got caught in floodwaters at Fort Chaffee.

UPDATE: A person who was trapped in a van that became submerged in floodwater at Fort Chaffee has died.

Officer James Breeden with the Barling Police Department confirmed that one body was recovered. Breeden said dive teams are going into the floodwater at Fort Chaffee, searching for other potential victims.

The victim’s gender, name and age have not been revealed. Breeden would only say that the victim is an adult.

“There has been floodwater since Saturday. Unfortunately, people don’t heed the warning ‘Turn around, don’t drown,” Breeden said.

This is the first known death as a result of the Arkansas River flooding in the River Valley.


A van became trapped in floodwater at Fort Chaffee Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews, including dive teams, traveled to Fort Chaffee regarding a van caught in floodwater at Gate One of the Army National Guard base.

It is unknown if the van has people inside. 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

Local News Video

Breaking News Video

Trending Stories

Mega Millions & Powerball Numbers