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post #1 of 36 Old 03-13-2019, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Barn is flooding !!

My barn is flooding out it's pouring rain on top of 3 feet of snow. What to do with soaking wet cold horse's, blankets obviously weren't water proof they soaked through. Going to be raining till tomorrow night. No dry place to put horse's out building are flooding out. Picture of barn. My poor boys i feel awful and i'm worried about them.
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post #2 of 36 Old 03-13-2019, 07:27 PM
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Go buy or borrow some real waterproof turn out blankets for your horses right now. With those, they will be warm and dry enough even outside. They don't need to be indoors. Feed them all the hay they want 24/7, that is the very best way to keep them warm.

Other than that, you need a sump pump.

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We have the same problem. I can't get out to where my horses are kept as every road is closed. The farm owner said the barn is nearly a foot deep in water and there is no dry place in the pasture. He was going to ride their mare and pony my horses to a neighbors' field, then saw the horses trying to walk across the ice under the water surrounding their barn and they kept falling He took the horses up to the machine shed and tied them in there for the night with hay and water. Ideal? No. But at least they aren't in knee-deep, frigid water or skating on the ice under the water. They're shivery and wet, but drying out and it looks like all are standing well on all four legs and eating and drinking, so hopefully nobody was badly hurt.

A friend of ours is currently trying to get 450 cattle out of a corral that is 4 feet deep in frigid, icy water that wasn't there three hours ago. He can't get trailers or semis in to them, so they're trying to drive them along the road and around the flooded spots to safety.

It's a mess. I've never seen it like this. More rain and 65 mph winds tomorrow will not help. Our entire neighborhood is a lake, and we are on the HIGH PART of town. So many people dealing with flooded basements.... heavy rain with no end in sight on top of a record winters' snowfall is causing a huge issue. The normal culverts, drainages, and waterways are all clogged with snow so water has nowhere to go.


Can you move your horses to somewhere dry? A garage or shed? A neighbors? Horses can end up with nasty skin infections from standing in water too long. I wish you well. All of us in the midwest are dealing with this and it sucks. I would have to guess that the ten round bales we still had in the barn, even though up on blocks and pallets, are all ruined now, too, so everyone will be scrambling for hay after this, and there just isn't any and won't be until June.
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Oh @rambo99 , so sorry. I don't have any great suggestions as we've had rain over snow at points this winter and also had flooding in our 3-sided sheds but just had to wait it out and bail out the water by hand when it was over. The barn has frost heaves in the concrete so I can't get stall doors open. So, horses have been outside even with the wet. Your flooding is worse than I have had *YET*.

A few members here have recommended small gas powered pumps ($500ish dollars at Home Depot type stores). Seems like Honda is the top recommendation. I don't know if even something like that can help you with that much water coming through. Maybe to clean up over the next couple of days though.

I guess you could try to get extra brand new blankets that are still waterproof (as in, go out to a Tractor Supply type store right now and buy new rainsheets). Absent that, I can't imagine what else you COULD do. They may just have to deal with being outside and get help warming up when it stops. Maybe other people will have better ideas for you.

I really feel for you, I am afraid this is going to be me on Friday when your storm moves east and hits us in New England. I'm so sorry and can only offer empathy, what a grueling winter this has been.
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Go buy or borrow some real waterproof turn out blankets for your horses right now. With those, they will be warm and dry enough even outside. They don't need to be indoors. Feed them all the hay they want 24/7, that is the very best way to keep them warm.

Other than that, you need a sump pump.

Well, if Rambo's area is anything like ours, there isn't a store anywhere nearer than a couple hours' drive that has horse blankets, and all the roads are closed if there were, that's not really an option...
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Ugh, @SilverMaple , what an awful situation. I wish there was something I could say or do.
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Oh how awful. I had no idea it was so bad out there. I've been too busy whining about my own weather. It's nothing to yours.
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Husband came home are driveway is nearly impassable with 4wheel drive. Road out by us is going under water not good.

For now stalls are dry so boys are in.Not sure how long that will last. Bailed as much water out of barn as I could took 6 wheel barrow fulls out. Hubby said leave them in for now to dry off warm up. Once stalls flood they will have to go back out.

Its never been this bad ever there is water every where. I imagine by 9 tonight stalls will be under water.

Going to buy blankets isn't going to happen unfortunately. They have round bales out so plenty to eat when out. They will have to tough it out...just hope they don't get sick.

Neighbors are having same issues flooding barns. Just not good thing at all.
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A friend just said she rolled open the doors to her show barn after work and so much water rushed out she was knocked over and swept across the driveway. The snow piles behind the barn that have built up all winter melted so quickly all that water came into her barn. She's scooping out 10 soaked stalls and figuring out what roads are open to get her show horses trailered somewhere warm and dry. She has five terrified weanlings in her garage warming up, poor babies. Her adult horses are tied to her trailer where at least their feet can dry.
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@SilverMaple that is awful poor horse, hope she can get them to a dry warm barn.

For now mine are in dry stalls we hauled sand in barn and piled it up against the walls that water was running under. Seems to have slowed it down. Unbelievable they said there would be flooding. ..boy were the weather people right.

Will have to keep checking on my horse's through the night. Hopefully there stalls stay dry. Windy as heck and rain blowing sideways.
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