Alligators, Fire Ants, Snakes Terrorize Houston

Reptiles, insects, humans compete for higher ground

(BETH DALBEY, PATCH)

PHOTO: James DeMers, Pixabay

As if swamped homes and automobiles, streets that have become rushing rivers and the potential of up to 50 inches of rain over the next week aren’t nightmarish enough for Texans along the Hurricane Harvey-battered Gulf Coast, the storm is dredging up some creatures — snakes and fire ants, to name a few — they would rather remain hidden in the city’s bayous.

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But these reptiles and insects are just like humans and are trying to survive an unprecedented flood event by crawling, slithering and, in the case of the fire ants, forming a living flotilla to reach higher ground.

Houston emergency officials warned residents to stay out of the rising swamp because of the potentially deadly hazards lurking unseen in the dirty water.

It’s going to get worse in Houston before it gets better. National Weather Service forecasters say the flood waters that have trapped residents on rooftops and killed at least five are “beyond anything” recorded in history.

The Houston Gator Squad, a nonprofit group that removes nuisance alligators from places they shouldn’t be, made its first Harvey-related alligator retrieval Saturday in Meyerland but is gearing up for what is expected to be a busy week of alligator catching. READ THE FULL POST AT MEYERLAND PATCH

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