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Two East Texas teenagers advise against national forest

TYLER, TX (KLTV)-  Just a day after six boy scouts were rescued from a national park, some East Texans who have been in that same situation have a warning.

The scouts, who were visiting Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, became trapped in the woods   during rising river waters, waiting nearly 5 days until National Guard crews could rescue them.

In that same forest last year, flooding trapped several campers, killing 20 people.

"I couldn't believe that it happened again," said Brady Pate, survived a flood at Ouachita National Forest.

Last year, Brady Pate and Austin Rachal were faced with a similar situation as these Louisiana boy scouts, when they were caught in a flood that killed Austin's father, half brother and half sister.

"It was suppose to be some freak accident and this one wasn't as bad but it hadn't even been a year," said Brady.

But they say after doing some research, this was not a freak accident.

"There have been 13 flood incident reports  evidencing severe weather flooding  and property damage resulting from severe weather between March 27,2000 through September 2, 2008," said Brady.

With the number of incidents that have occurred, they wonder why nothings been done to prevent others from getting in harm's way.   

"Things like that you just can't do anything about it I mean either you live or you don't," said Brady.

Luckily, this time, none of the scouts from Louisiana were hurt. The Ouachita National Forest remains open to the public, but Brady and Austin offered a word of caution.

"Even if you know it's going to happen it's still not a good idea to chance it and things are just too risky in there," said Brady.

Brady and Austin say they want the national forest to put up warning signs, so that campers are kept alert when it comes to water levels.  

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