Gator Country Adventure Park in Beaumont, Texas, is a sanctuary to over 450 American alligators, crocodiles, and many different reptiles that they have received through nuisance rescues, donations, or from other institutions.
Owners Arlie Hammonds and Gary Saurage are doing everything they can to try to keep the animals safely away from the public, but due to flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, the task is difficult…if not impossible.
In an interview with Fox 4’s James Ware, Saurage said that he has not seen this kind of flooding in over a decade.
“We’re less than a foot from [water] going over the fences,” Saurage said. “All of these are certified, high fences, but when it won’t quit, it won’t quit. We’ve worked around the clock and I don’t know what else to do. We’re truly tired. Everybody’s at the end of it, man. We don’t know what to do.”
Saurage continued,“I’ve never seen [the water] stay anywhere near this before. The staying power of this storm is just unbelievable.”
Tropical Storm Harvey has been moving in the direction of the Louisiana border, and right over the alligator farm. The farm owners have reason to worry as the alligators and crocodiles will be headed over the fence soon if something isn’t done.
The largest of the alligators, Big Tex and Big Al, have been secured in a trailer, but the owners are still concerned with the other reptiles in the sanctuary.
NBC News Meteorologist Bill Karins reports, “Many Texans in and around Beaumont [the location of the gator park] and Port Arthur are fighting for their lives against an incredible amount of water, This is just as bad, if not worse, than flooding in Houston.”
Appearing on TODAY, Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames said “the devastation to Beaumont is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.