Underwater: Horses, Humans and Houston

by R.T. Fitch, President/Co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“The Skies Opened Up and it Wouldn’t Stop…”

“Yesterday was a dreadful day as many lives and property were lost to a torrential storm system that dropped upwards of 20” of rain on the Bayou City.

Back pastures gone, creeping up into the backyard.

Back pastures gone, creeping up into the backyard.

Forty five miles to the northwest is where our little chunk of paradise resides and according to estimates, as the rain gauge only goes to 6”, we received somewhere between 10” – 12” and of course, I was not there.

From half way around the world I watched with horror, via our security cameras, as  the relentless march of the water swallowed up our two back pastures and then proceeded to cover the higher pasture and ultimately it began to creep up into our backyard which is something that we have never witnessed, before.

Terry had already secured the horses up in the highest pasture where the barn lives and locked them away from the torrent that was streaming below.

Almost to the last trailer, soon rescued by Terry.

Almost to the last trailer, soon rescued by Terry.

A two horse trailer was completely under water with the 4 horse quickly disappearing.  Our house and barn are built up the elevation of a small hill but the water was creeping towards our last horse trailer and when Terry sent me a shot of how close it was I asked her to fire up her trusty Jeep and pull it up to the safety of the concrete drive, which she did with fantastic flair and skill.

Not long after the water had gulped up the spot that the trailer was on and lapped at the foundation to Terry’s greenhouse and our pool…but it has appeared to halt its march as of this writing.

We don’t know what the strong current has done to our submerged fencing but we can only hope for the best as the back fence line is under about 8’ of water moving at 3 knots, if not more.

View from backyard as pastures wash away, object in water is end of gate attached to the cross fencing that has long since disapeared.

View from backyard as pastures wash away, object in water is end of gate attached to the cross fencing that has long since disappeared.

But Terry is okay, the horses are alright, but pissed that they are locked away from the water, and there is no major structural damage…BUT, others did not fare so well.

Below is a compilation of the struggles that both humans and horses have and are currently going through to stay alive, safe and dry.

Whenever things look cloudy and dark, it is good to remember that you are not alone, and perhaps even lucky as it all could have been worse, much worse.  Keep the faith, my friends.” ~ R.T.

(Our hearts go out to Marjorie Farabee and Dawn Reveley who’s property and equines suffered, also!)