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Saturday 21 July 2018

Watch: Cattle moved in floods as Hurricane Harvey batters Texas

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Amid the human devastation of Hurricane Harvey, farmers and ranchers have been trying across Texas to move cattle to safer places.

A number of farmers and TV stations in Texas have caught the action as they move cattle to higher ground.

Around 30,000 people are expected to be housed in emergency housing as Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the State of Texas.

The Gulf Coast accounts for around one quarter of the US's wheat exports and Texas is a huge producer of rice and cattle.

The Lone Star state has about 240,000 farms and accounts for around 13pc of the US cattle herd and the 14th largest cattle inventory in the world. It is the top producing state in the US of cotton, hay, sheep and horses.

One Texas ranch raced to save their cattle as flood waters rose. Gene Kubecka and his son Daniel told Chron.com that within two to three hours their ranch went from relative calm to absolute chaos.

Posted by Daniel Kubecka on Sunday, August 27, 2017
"Within two to three hours it went from 'we can handle this' to 'this is serious', Gene told Chron.com.

Now as water is rising, the National Weather Service issued another ominous forecast, saying before the storm is gone, some parts of Houston and its suburbs could get as much as 50ins of rain - the highest amount recorded in Texas.

Since Thursday, South Houston recorded nearly 25ins and the suburbs of Santa Fe and Dayton had 27ins.

"The breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before," the National Weather Service said.

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