Rising Trinity River water levels force hundreds of cattle to move to safe places

Rising Trinity River water levels force hundreds of cattle to move to safe places

More than 200 cattle were saved from rising levels of Trinity River water near Dayton in the past couple of days, and crews continue to work to prevent any unpleasant incident.

Liberty Bell Ranch owner Pat Henscey said water from the river flooded his ranch, leaving hundreds of cattle stranded. He added that hundreds of cows were moved to safe places, but there was still significant loss.

Speaking on the situation, he said, "You are never prepared for that. You just hope and pray you can pull it off . There is a pile of dead ones out there stuck in a bush."

Several hundred cows and calves are reportedly missing.

A fifty-acre piece of land in the Liberty Bell Ranch has become a shrinking island due to the flooding water of the Trinity River. Easter Texas received more than 10 inches of rain over last month, while some areas witnessed heavy rains pouring up to 20 inches.

It took Liberty Bell ranch cattle nearly 9 hours to reach their stopping point at the CMC rail yards. The cattle will stay there until floodwaters retreat.

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