Flooding in Georgia Causes Many Barns to Evacuate

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Posted by bossmare

DressageDaily's HorseMarket manager Elizabeth Ruggiero just sent us this report and photos. Our hearts go out to all the people (and animals) that have been affected by this ongoing disaster.

It is quiet here in Georgia, at least for now. As many of you may not know, Georgia has been in a pattern of wet weather for approximately a week with persistent rains falling over the region. On Monday, September 21st things came to a head with a deluge of heavy rain that fell steadily throughout the day. Local rainfall amounts in some areas across Georgia were in excess of 20 inches since Friday. So far the death toll has reached 7. Highways, surface roads and bridges continue to be closed due to widespread flooding.

The floods proved to be tough for horse owners too, as creeks and rivers surrounding farms spilled over their banks causing some to have to flee the rising waters. A boarding facility on the banks of the Chattahoochee River had to evacuate dozens of horses to a make shift holding area in the neighborhood's tennis facility parking lot. They later were rescued by other horse owners who arrived to move them to a local show facility. Stories continue to come in with similar tales of rescue.

Our friends, Brooke, Debbie and Kirby Grier, who live next to our barn, had heavy flooding with over 4 feet of water submerging their barn, arena and pastures. Luckily, there was room at the neighboring barns for them to house the horses while flood waters recede so that clean up can begin. Rain is still expected throughout the area for several days, though on a much lesser scale.