Texas Horses Evacuated Ahead of Predicted Flooding

Dozens of horses are residing at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas, after being evacuated from their homes ahead of predicted flooding in Harris County, Texas.

On May 28, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for southwest Harris County, predicting clusters of storms capable of producing heavy rainfall.

“We usually have problems along creeks and in bayous,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris McKinney.

But owners began relocating horses to stalls at Sam Houston May 27, before the flood warning was issued, said Jamie Nielsen, director of marketing for the racetrack

“There was no official evacuation order, but owners weren't taking the chance,” Nielsen said.

A total of 80 horses were relocated to stalls at the track from area farms and ranches. The evacuated horses are expected to remain at the racetrack for the remainder of the week, Nielsen said.

Meanwhile, McKinney said the storms are likely to move on during the upcoming weekend.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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