Georgia Horses Removed from Flood Zone

A herd of horses were brought to higher ground last weekend after water from heavy rains threatened their stable.

Milton, Ga., Deputy Fire Chief Mark Stephens said that on May 18, many parts of Georgia—including the Sandy Springs area, near Milton—experienced flooding as the result of heavy rains. Rainfall caused the Chattahoochee River to rise, bringing flood waters on to the Huntcliff Club and Stables property, in Sandy Springs.

“The stables flooded in 2009, so the owners wanted to be proactive and be sure that they got the horses out before the stalls were flooded,” Stephens said.

Milton Fire personnel helped evacuate the animals to an equestrian facility in Alpharetta, Ga., Stephens said.

Stephens said that in general, last weekend's flooding was not as severe as during 2009 incidents that forced rescuers to wade through deep water to evacuate the horses.

“This time the water was only ankle deep,” Stephens said.

With rains expected to continue the week of May 20, Stephens advises area horse owners to prepare for potential flooding: “Be prepared. Monitor the weather because it takes time to coordinate all the trailers and get the horses out.”

Stephens also advises owners to establish an evacuation plan that includes a predetermined destination where the horses can wait out the flooding.

“Don't wait until the last minute,” Stephens said.

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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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