Horses Displaced by Texas Floods Return Home

Horses belonging to an equestrian facility in Harris County, Texas, are back in their home pastures after flooding displaced the animals last week.

Jeff Lindner, meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District, said that from July 11-13, heavy, persistent rainfall produced between 11 and 15 inches of rain in northwest Harris County. The rain caused high water levels in bayous and creeks, flooding areas along Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek, Willow Creek, and Spring Creek in Harris, Waller, and Montgomery Counties.

A spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management said that horses were evacuated from the Cypress Rosehill Equestrian Center, in Cypress, to the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. Seventy horses were also evacuated from the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, in Humble, to Houston's George Bush International Airport.

"We were wading them through the water while the Creek was flooding," said Cypress Trails Equestrian Center spokeswoman Tammy Gilbertson.

By Monday, July 16, the waters were receding and the Cypress Trails horses were back in their pastures, Gilbertson said.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, the heavy rains provided slight relief to Texas where persistent drought has been challenging horse owners. Despite the flash-flooding Gilbertson said the rain was welcome.

"We need the rain, so we'll take it any way we can get it," she 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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