In the quiet town of Dayton, about 30 miles northeast of Houston, rising floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey prompted authorities to move cattle to higher ground.
Producer Harriet Taylor captured the very Texan looking scene on video and posted it to Twitter.
— Harriet Taylor (@Harri8t) August 27, 2017
Though most of the pictures of the decimation have been of the flooded Houston freeways, ranchers are also battling the effects of the hurricane.
Natural disasters create unique problems for rural folks, farmers and ranchers. Ranchers need to evacuate livestock through sometimes perilous conditions. Land owners also have to check fences and barns for stability, and take steps to protect crops.
Just outside of Hondo, Texas, cotton farmers worked even in the dark to harvest crops. The tractors were out morning and night for days on end to save the cotton from the floods. Weathermen predicted the hurricane might reach San Antonio, but so far most of the storm’s destruction has stayed east of that region.
Moving livestock, however, can be tricky. So that’s why the ranchers in Dayton had to coordinate with local authorities. Police aided the ranchers in safely moving their cattle through the streets to higher ground.
In addition to working with local authorities to evacuate cattle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is currently working to find shelters for livestock affected by the flooding. Anyone seeking shelter for their livestock can contact 211 for help.