Catastrophic flooding in parts of Louisiana is responsible for at least eleven deaths and 40,000 homes damaged.
Between Aug. 11 and Aug. 14, more than 20 inches of rain fell in and around East Baton Rouge, one of the hardest-hit parishes. And in some parishes in the region, as much as 2 feet of rain fell in 48 hours. Thousands of people had to evacuate their homes. Thousands of animals were saved by their owners, left behind or just forgotten.
Volunteer rescuers like Mike Anderson and Darrell Watson have been searching for any signs of life, riding through the floodwaters and risking their lives to save whoever they can. So far, they’ve rescued nearly 100 lives, both human and animal.
Recently they found two pit bulls struggling for their lives.
"We could see them in the distance from the flooded streets," Anderson said. "They were in about 4 feet of water and using a fence as a perch to rest on. Both were worn out and weak from fighting it. They were likely in the water for 16 hours or so."
"I'm not sure if they were left behind, or if their owner just didn't have time to get them," said Anderson. "The water came up fast!"
It didn`t matter what kind of the breed the dog was (some may consider dangerous), she needed help, and they helped!
"Regardless of breed or type of animal, none deserve to be left to struggle to survive," he said.
They're not the only local animal heroes. Josh Petit recently posted the following photo on Facebook, and it's quickly gone viral.
"Baton Rouge got flash floods this morning going from dry land to 8ft of water in people's houses within 2hrs! Extremely bad situation. Out the corner of my eyes, I seen a bush shaking! This is all I saw! Eyes and nose barely above water She could barely tread water anymore she was so worn out and had the saddest eyes I ever seen so scared for her life! We saved her and she came laid her head on my lap and cried and moaned like a big baby! She was thanking me. I thank God for letting me notice her. We then rescued a vet and his animals and she went with them to dry land."
Thank you so much, people, for doing amazing things! You are heroes!