Tropical Storm Imelda left many humans and animals in Houston, Texas, stranded in floodwaters

By Kelli Bender
September 20, 2019 03:07 PM
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Tropical Storm Imelda doused the Houston area in rain this week, with a reported 43.15 inches of rainfall in Jefferson County alone, causing extensive flooding and state of disaster declarations from Texas Governor Greg Abbot for 13 counties.

Floods caused by Imelda’s pouring rain left numerous Texans stranded in high waters.

Over 50 of those marooned residents happened to be horses. According to KHOU, more than 50 horses at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Harris County, Texas, found themselves caught in chest-high floodwaters on Thursday.

Luckily, the horses didn’t stay stuck for long; a group of volunteer rescuers swam through the waters to reach the horses and lead the animals to higher ground.

The difficult task was made even more challenging by the currents from nearby Cypress Creek that were running through the floodwaters on the property, according to KHOU.

Zach Karrenbrock recorded video of the rescue, and told the station that all of the animals were moved to higher ground and then later transported to a safe location. As far as Karrenbrock knows, none of the horses were injured by the storm.