Over the last month or more, our area has experienced torrential rains. As you know, living near a creek, river, or other water sources creates flooding. Thankfully, my family and I are high and dry, even though we live yards away from Monday Creek in southeastern Ohio, near Wayne National Forest. Monday Creek has reached record depths. We watch the flow (without getting too close) in amazement.
Keeping livestock away from the flow is easy enough with higher ground and adequate pastures. However, there are many who are not so fortunate and find their farm animals under water. Sometimes this happens quickly and without warning. When this happens, it can be a terrifying experience for both farmer and animals. Without a disaster plan in place, loss of animals can be detrimental to all.
According to the US Government, flooding is our #1 disaster. Follow the guidelines here — Make a Plan — to create your own procedures in case flooding happens to you. And don't think it can't happen to you. A few of my neighbors have never experienced flooding. Now, with the incredible rains, their basement, land, driveway, and sometimes home, are underwater! Don't be unprepared!
Keep your animals out of standing water. If you have horses and are in need of finding higher ground, here are a few suggestions:
- Contact your local Humane Society.
- Connect with local Horse Rescue who may have extra stables.
- Call your Farrier and Veterinarian to make sure your horse is not at risk for water-related hoof illnesses.
- Immunize your horse(s) against West Nile Virus and other diseases.
- Check your horses(s) daily for rain-rot and fungus.
Sending best wishes from southeastern Ohio.
Gina is an author and freelance writer from Ohio USA. You can find more from Gina by visiting her website: www.gmcknight.com.
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