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Rescuers Save More Than 20 Dogs From Flood Waters In Houston

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Rescuers Save More Than 20 Dogs From Flood Waters In Houston

Parts of Texas are still grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has so far killed at least 30 people and destroyed many homes and businesses. The hurricane and subsequent tropical storm has seen an incredible downpour, which is approaching the record for the most amount of rainfall from a single cyclone.

The Houston Police Department says it has rescued more than 3,500 people from flooded areas, but there could be many more who remain stranded. Houston resident Betty Walter was stuck at her property and was also looking after 21 dogs, some of whom belonged to neighbours.

Luckily for her and the dogs, Bay Area Pet Adoptions stepped up to the plate and dropped off medicine and supplies when the storm was raging on the weekend. But once the immediate danger was over, they also staged a Noah's Ark style rescue for all the animals and Betty.

Dogs being rescued
Dogs being rescued
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Credit: Betty Walter/Facebook

She also uploaded a picture of the extent of the flooding in her home:

Betty Walker's apartment
Betty Walker's apartment

Credit: Betty Walter/Facebook

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She posted this message to Facebook: "To these amazing guys that help me and some of my neighbour's dogs that I rescued. I was worried there was too many dogs on the boat and it would tipped over. I told them I would stay behind and for them to make two trips.

"They said NO we are taking all and you. We had 21 dogs on this boat. No place for any humans on this boat. We had to walk in water over my head to get out." [sic]

The post has gone viral, with more than five thousand people liking and sharing it. Hundreds have also sent their well wishes to Betty and the team who helped rescue her.

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The tropical storm is expected to make landfall again, this time in Louisiana, which has already been experiencing mild flooding. Metereologists are predicting another 10 inches (25cm) of rain to fall, with winds expected to reach as much as 60 mph (100km/h).

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President Donald Trump announced last night, via Twitter, that he was on his way to Texas to speak to the emergency service personnel who have worked tirelessly since the weekend. He first arrived in Corpus Christi, which was the closest he could get to the worst affected areas.

He told response teams: "It's a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as' this is the way to do it'."

Featured Image Credit: Betty Walter/Facebook

Topics: Hurricane Harvey, Texas, Houston, flooding, Animals

Stewart Perrie
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