The summer floods of 2016 across Louisiana left tens of thousands desperate and stranded…
This past summer was devastating for residents of Louisiana, after record-breaking floods displaced roughly 40,000 homes. However, countless pets were also stranded in the flood, and left to suffer helplessly. These two pit bulls were among those stranded, but their incredible story defied the odds…
With all the confusion, so many people and their pets found themselves displaced and in many cases fighting for their lives.
Due to unprecedented flooding, roads become rivers, as people took to boats to get around town and rescue people.
Counting The Dead
Tragically, despite all the best efforts, 13 people were killed as a direct result of the flooding, and there is no official number on how many household pets perished.
Just a couple of otherwise-average guys came to save the day, and went from zero to hero overnight. Those brave men are Mike Anderson and Darrell Watson, who searched the area for humans and animals alike, to rescue from danger.
As the guys were patrolling on their noble mission to assist those in need, they caught a glimpse of what they thought was two dogs, trapped in rising floodwaters.
Mike Anderson reported, “We could see them in the distance from the flooded streets. They were in about four feet of water and using a fence as a perch to rest on.”
Race Against Time
Anderson and Watson weren’t sure what to do, all they knew was that they had to act fast as it was a race against time. The dogs were weak and frail, and had been trapped for at least 16 hours.
Pups And Dogs
As it turned out, the brave duo rescued two pit bulls, one a mere pup of a few months old, and the other an adult dog.
Having rescued the dogs in distress, the guys knew they had little to no chance of locating the dogs’ owners. They had no ID on their collars at all.
With no pointers as to the dogs’ background, the guys were left with an issue on their hands. As Anderson said, “I’m not sure if they were left behind, or if their owner just didn’t have time to get them. The water came up fast!”
Help At Hand
As they rescued the dogs, the guys came across some other men in a more sturdy rescue boat, and they all joined forces, along with the dogs, looking for others in need.
As the heroes had no idea who the dogs belonged to, they decided to take them to the nearest animal shelter for them to deal with.
Kindness And Compassion
The duo noted that if the shelter would have been full they would have taken the dogs home and cared for them.
These guys didn’t stop with the two dogs, oh no, they did a whole lot more. In the end, these unsung heroes ended up assisting over 100 people, as well as some pets, to safety.
Anderson said it all: “Out of all the people we’ve rescued, 30 percent or so have had pets. The first question they ask is, ‘Can I bring my pet?’ And our answer is always, ‘Absolutely!’”
It’s a good thing that Anderson and Watson’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, as a video of their rescues have garnered at least 450,000 views on Facebook, and is still going strong.
The guys’ efforts haven’t just been a hit stateside, as they have gone viral, and news agencies from across the globe have reported on what they did.
The deadly floods that have hit Louisiana this summer are record breaking. The Amite River peaked at a height of 46.2 feet at Denham Springs close to Baton Rouge.
Just Two Days
The bulk of the rain occurred in a period of just 2 days, in which 21.86 inches of rain fell on the town of Livingston alone.
Thankfully, numerous charities have pitched in to help. Among them the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. But no one’s efforts are more appreciated than those of heroes like Anderson and Watson who will be remembered by many forever.
[Featured image credit: Mike Anderson @ Facebook]