Few Horses Stranded by Iowa Floods

When levies failed and floodwaters put most of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under water, the Iowa Equestrian Center on the Kirkwood Community College campus became a temporary shelter for more than 700 displaced animals. But only eight of them are horses.

"The only horses we got were rescued and brought to us from Palo, about 20 miles away," said Steve Carpenter, the college's public relations director.

"Most were able to relocate themselves and their horses before the flooding began." --Bill Horton, Iowa Quarter Horse Association
Iowa Quarter Horse Association president Bill Horton credits preparedness and cooperation with minimizing the number of horses stranded by floods throughout the region.

"People had plenty of warning," he said, "Most were able to relocate themselves and their horses before the flooding began."

How long horses and their owners will remain away from home is uncertain.

"People might not be allowed to rebuild their properties until the levies are repaired," Horton said. "That could take four or five months."

About the Author

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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