Arkansas Horse Owners Face Floods

Despite rising river waters and extensive flooding throughout Northeast and Central Arkansas, Kay Jordan has not received a single call from horse owners with stranded animals.

"I would have heard from local humane societies if there was a problem because we cover most of the state," said Jordan, executive director of the Pulaski County Humane Society. "But I haven't had one call. I think people were ready."

That's because horse owners in flood prone regions have learned to react quickly when rivers waters are predicted to rise, said Steve Jones, equine specialist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

"People in that area are used to it," Jones said. "They already know where they can take their horses to get them to higher ground."

And even though flash flooding in the northwest portion of the state caused "some short term stress," Jones said there have been no reports of flood-related horse fatalities.

Heavy rains last week brought the White River to levels not seen in 25 years, inundating farms and towns throughout the region. Gov. Mike Beebe declared 35 counties--nearly half the state--disaster areas. Early flood damage estimates range around $2 million.

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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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