Flooding Forces Equine Evacuations in Indiana

Rescuers moved more than a dozen horses away from rising flood waters that inundated farms and ranches in Northwest Indiana.
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Rescuers removed more than a dozen horses from flooded farms in Northwest Indiana. | Photo: Courtesy Kris Jones

Several horses have been relocated away from rising flood waters that inundated farms and ranches in Northwest Indiana.

A written statement from the Lake Station, Indiana, Fire Department, said heavy rains and excessive snow melt caused the Little Calumet River to breach its banks on Feb. 22, flooding pastures, barns, and paddocks in Lake Station and Gary.

“I started getting phone calls on Thursday evening and we finished at 6 Friday morning,” said rescuer Kris Jones, owner of the M&K Equestrian Center, in neaby Wheatfield. “At one point the levee on the Kankakee River broke and we had one horse on one side of the levee and one horse on the other.”

Horses removed from the rising waters were taken to farms, a 4-H facility, and a horse show venue. In all Jones and local emergency crews evacuated more than a dozen horses

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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