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Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, dropping down between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas last Friday night (August 25). Since making landfall, Hurricane Harvey has moved across the Gulf Coast to Houston, devastating the inhabitants of one of the nation’s largest cities.
Unfortunately, unlike many cities the hurricane has hit, Houston did not order evacuation, therein resulting in the city taking one of the biggest hits from the massive rainfall. The natural disaster has left five people dead, dozens injured, and much of the population dislocated from their homes.
In the town of Dayton, a quiet city approximately 30 miles northeast of Houston, rapidly increasing floodwaters prompted authorities to rush cattle to safety. Considering the danger of the storm and complexity of moving cattle, ranchers enlisted the local authorities to assist in safely navigating their livestock to higher ground.
Cattle ranching has remained a major industry in the great state of Texas, leading the nation in cattle production with 248, 800 farms and ranches spanning over 130.2 million acres.
Additionally, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is working to help find shelters where evacuated livestock can safely ride out the storm. Anyone in Texas seeking shelter for their livestock can dial 211 for help.
Please continue praying for the city of Houston. If you’d like to donate to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, click here.
You can watch the police rush the cattle to safety below.
— Harriet Taylor (@Harri8t) August 27, 2017