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post #1 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else dealing with flooding?

are having a lot of flooding in my area right now. I board my horses right over the MO state line and they are in a flood zone. I can't even get down to them due to the flooding taking out the bridge I have to cross. I have called my BO to ask about them and he said they are fine and would call me with updates every few hours so long as he has power. They are on higher ground with a hill in there field but the rest of the field can flood and trap them in a small area! The creek that runs behind their field is dry most of the year but this year its had water almost year around. I can't get to them and I think that's what scares me most. My mom thinks I'm over reacting but she's not a horse person and thinks I'm crazy because I'm worrying so much.
So are any of you having to deal with flooding issues with this nasty storm?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 11:01 AM
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Do you have any reason to believe the barn owner would lie to you?

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Do you have any reason to believe the barn owner would lie to you?
No no reason to bur I have always been a worry wort when it comes to stuff like this. I tend to over think things and its not helping that I am stuck at home and can't distract myself which is what I usually do.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 01:05 PM
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I'm in south Florida and my barn floods periodically. There literally is no high ground here. A couple of weeks ago, my stall mats were floating there was so much water. Horses don't melt, your buddies will be okay. Trust your BO, she'll tell you if things get out of hand. I'm sorry your stuck at home waiting, that's the worst.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-30-2015, 12:26 PM
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Samson5261. I am in NWA/SWMO too. I sent you a PM

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-30-2015, 01:38 PM
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My niece's husband works for the US Geological service as a geologist and hydrologist. They live in NW Arkansas and he has been out surveying the flooding in that area. He's posted some video's on FB of rivers and bridges where the flooding is mind boggling. Yall stay safe!
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-31-2015, 12:39 PM
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We got it some, luckily for me my horse is at home and we're on fairly high ground, but I did lose my pot belly pig for a bit, luckily he came home yesterday, hobbling and sick, but he's better this morning.

I have a friend nearby that lost several animals, and lucky she didn't lose her home. I haven't heard of any drown horses yet, but did see a video of a mare and foal being rescued.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-31-2015, 12:55 PM
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The very first place I ever boarded horses at flooded this past weekend. They had 14 horses on the wrong side of the rising water. They had to call in emergency rescue. They had 4 different police departments, including Indianapolis swift water rescue and an animal rescue on scene. Everything worked out well and all the horses were rescued and uninjured.

This particular barn is in the middle of a flood plain. It floods regularly. The owners are usually pretty good about getting all the animals to higher ground, so I'm not sure why it didn't happen this time. The weather had been forcasted well in advance. This was one of the reasons I didn't spend a lot of time at that particular barn. I never liked to worry about the creek rising and them not getting to my mare in time.

Our house and barns are on top of a hill now. The barn is muddy, but I still haven't needed to keep the horses inside, even with three days straight of rain. These pictures are from Saturday- it had been raining for about 6 hours. The water eventually covered the driveway and almost that entire field on the left, but it never came up to the pastures.

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