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Flood emergency in Atlanta - where to move horses???

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  • Flood emergency in Atlanta - where to move horses???

    A good friend of mine keeps her six horses on flood plain land. We anticipated a flood several days ago, so we temporarily moved her horses to a friend's "backyard" (nice field, fenced, just not large enough for six), thinking her flood plain may get several inches of water but would dry out by early this week. Unfortunately, things have gotten MUCH worse, not better.

    As of right now, her nice field and barn are under six feet of water. All her fencing is destroyed, or at least a large part of it (we can't see the 4' fencing because the water is over it, but we CAN see posts with concrete bases washed up in debris piles and other posts and boards floating around). Her barn is nearly completely submerged; all she can see is two feet of wall and the roof.

    Obviously, she cannot bring her horses home today as she was hoping to do, since friend's field is getting awfully muddy and horses already had to be moved down the street to another friend's field. Unfortunately, that friend is the end of the line; we know no one else with room for six more.

    The barn where I board has very strict rules about the maximum number of horses, and we are already two over because of other flood-displaced horses. I cannot imagine our having room for six more, but I will definitely ask the owner. Barring that, we are in big trouble because this lady makes her living teaching lessons. She cannot do that at her property now. All her fencing is gone, and her jumps are presumably washed away. It may be weeks or even months before she can.

    If anyone knows of places anywhere near Decatur, Georgia, that could take in six horses, even in a field, that would be a start. If anyone has any ideas AT ALL that could help, please, please post them. We are literally treading water here and desperate to find a place for her horses. Secondary is a place where she can teach using said horses so she can continue to earn money to feed them (and herself!). All ideas are welcome. Thanks so much, everyone!
    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, / And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, / Do not go gentle into that good night. -- Dylan Thomas

  • #2
    i wonder if conyers or wills park would be willing to accept flood-displaced horses?
    Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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    • #3
      The GA department of Agriculture have a list of emergency shelters for horses in disasters; http://agr.georgia.gov/vgn/images/po...r%209-9-09.pdf
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      • #4
        Insurance?

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        • #5
          And I was complaining about a broken manure spreader. . .
          Jingles to all who are truly suffering in this weather. May you find shelter and solace. I would think that Ga, SC NC, all southern agriculturally based states would have some sort of "plan" in place through the extension service.
          Good Luck

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          • #6
            Oh no - that is really really awful. Is Little Creek not an option?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DMK View Post
              i wonder if conyers or wills park would be willing to accept flood-displaced horses?
              Excellent suggestion!!!

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              • #8
                Huntclff Eq is evacuating, as they sit right on the Hooch (I just posted a call for help in off course). They are moving to Wills Park, so I am sure it is an option to those who need.

                My trainer also said she can offer a couple of stalls. We are in the Canton/Milton area of Cherokee County.
                I have Higher Standards... do you?
                Apalachicola Native (Alfie), '02 TB Gelding,
                Wild Man of Borneo (Hank), '03 Redtick coonhound,
                Augustus McRae (Gus), '01 Bluetick coonhound

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                • #9
                  i'm amazed huntcliff made it this long, i thought they'd be the first to go!
                  Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                  • #10
                    I don't know how they stay there period... though we have so many more months of drought.

                    Anyhow, now its a scramble to get everyone moved... there's a break in the rain now but a LOVELY band moving in from Alabama soon (on the radar its covering the northern half of the state.. eek). Hoepfully they can make good progress before that rolls along.

                    for info on helping if you can, please see the thread i posted on Off Course:

                    http://www.chronicleforums.com/Forum...d.php?t=224825
                    I have Higher Standards... do you?
                    Apalachicola Native (Alfie), '02 TB Gelding,
                    Wild Man of Borneo (Hank), '03 Redtick coonhound,
                    Augustus McRae (Gus), '01 Bluetick coonhound

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                    • #11
                      wow i saw the footage on the news...it's insane! good luck to everyone, and i hope all the horses and people are safe!
                      Originally posted by MistyPony
                      In all my years of riding, gravity is the one thing that has never failed on me!

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                      • #12
                        Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA will take layover horses in emergency situations. That may be closer for you than Will Park if you're in Decatur. Here's the contact info: www.georgiahorsepark.com or 770-860-4190 . Best of luck, hope it all works out well for you.




                        http://www.arborhillfarmllc.com
                        Last edited by arbor hill; Sep. 21, 2009, 12:25 PM. Reason: incorrect website address

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                        • #13
                          I thought little creek was closed for "remodeling." At any rate, that would be the last place I'd try to go. That creek ain't little and the reason that land never got developed is because its in a flood plain.

                          Going to wills or even better conyers sounds like a good idea. Between the both, that's a lot of stalls.

                          How awful!
                          ~Veronica
                          "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                          http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                          • #14
                            Hoping all are safe and sound and DRY. Take good care.

                            http://community.webshots.com/user/ballyduff
                            \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~

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                            • #15
                              pm me if someone needs a place a little more long term! we have a pasture that could be available longer than some of the show facilities but are further away!

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                                #16
                                Thanks SO much for the Conyers/Wills/emergency list suggestions. I am checking those out.

                                I learned later this morning that the emergency shelter we found also flooded this morning. The horses aren't hurt, just tired and starting to get hungry because their hay and grain washed away (even at their "home" barn, all the hay is completely gone - multiple round bales, $700 worth, gone without a trace). We are working on replacing it. There was a bag or two of grain stored inside the house (which fortunately survived) so they are having that for breakfast. Still, until we move them again they have no dry place to sleep or eat.

                                Our second emergency place - where my other horse is - is also at risk, although the risk is lower. But until the water recedes there, it's not safe to bring any more horses (the barn is away from all flooding but there are no empty stalls, and if the flood gets worse, all horses will need stalls).

                                A friend of a friend has offered use of her pasture which is thankfully NOT in a flood plain and should be at no risk. If this ends soon we'll be okay there for a few days, although the field is not big enough for four horses to stay long.

                                The good news is we HAVE found a good permanent place (too flooded for more horses now, but no repairs needed so once flooding resolves we can bring horses there) to use until we can fix the barn and the fencing. So all we have to do is get the emergency situation resolved and we will be okay - thank goodness for that!

                                Anyway, I really appreciate all the suggestions. We are on the right track now but still in trouble until we actually get the horses somewhere safe. Wish us luck.
                                Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, / And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, / Do not go gentle into that good night. -- Dylan Thomas

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by DMK View Post
                                  i'm amazed huntcliff made it this long, i thought they'd be the first to go!
                                  I remember Huntcliff flooding severely in 1980/81. Seems strange that it still is a problem.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by jetsmom View Post
                                    I remember Huntcliff flooding severely in 1980/81. Seems strange that it still is a problem.
                                    it's still sitting on the banks of the hooch!
                                    Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                                    • #19
                                      I had no idea it had gotten this bad. Jingles for everyone in the greater Atlanta area. How bad are the roads? I am wondering if it makes sense to go father just to get further upland? Or if the roads are now not safe enough to make that a viable option. Hopefully Conyers and Wills will be able to house all the horses flooded out of their barns, there are a LOT of stalls there.
                                      ~Veronica
                                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                      http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                                        I had no idea it had gotten this bad. Jingles for everyone in the greater Atlanta area. How bad are the roads? I am wondering if it makes sense to go father just to get further upland? Or if the roads are now not safe enough to make that a viable option. Hopefully Conyers and Wills will be able to house all the horses flooded out of their barns, there are a LOT of stalls there.
                                        The roads are hit or miss depending on where you are - this morning 85 was closed both northbound and southbound at 285, and parts of 75 were closed. 78 was closed due to water and possibly a mudslide in one section! but intown roads were fine. So I think it depends on where you are - last night's storms were really bad, and the new band of rain moved in over the last 30-45 minutes, so I hope they have gotten the horses that needed evacuation out of harm's way because more rain has arrived!

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