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BC floods: Heroic horse rescue amid heavy flooding in Merritt

CA, 18 Nov 2021
Amid a scary situation in B.C.’s Lower Nicola region earlier this week, the community stepped up to help.

A herd of horses, stuck in fast-moving floodwater for up to 12 hours overnight, needed rescuing.

“We’ve always had a little bit of flooding in our pastures, but nothing like this,” said owners Connie Joe and Jerry McCauley.

“When we got there, it was shocking at first. Then, when we saw our horses out there, in the middle of what looked like a lake, standing all huddled together, I felt we needed to help them.”

The pair, who live near the Nicola Ranch on Highway 5A, outside Merritt, received a call about their horses around 5 a.m. on Monday.

“People just showed up — people from the community, friends, family all showed up. They stayed with us all day, basically in the pouring rain. It never stopped raining at all, and they just stayed right until the bitter end,” Connie Joe said.

Hank Chillihitzia jumped into a motorboat to try and get the horses moving at first — a difficult task with rushing water.

Chillihitzia, who loves horses, said he wasn’t going to stop until they were safe.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/8380943/merritt-community-comes-together-for-heroic-horse-rescue-amid-heavy-flooding/

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