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Crews take to boats to rescue horses, livestock in Levasy

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:23:58-04

LEVASY, Mo. — The breach Saturday of a levee near Levasy, Missouri sent the Missouri River flooding into the town and nearby farmland.

Residents evacuated the town over the weekend, but on Monday, some returned to give a hand to stranded livestock.

Using a boat, two helpers named Tom and Sharon navigated around Levasy looking for animals to help.

"I saw the video with SKYTRACKER that showed the horse going back and forth near the gate," Tom said. "Get them to dry land is all I'm trying to do."

Their efforts helped a horse to dry land.

With the help of others, including their friend Jarred, they also got several cattle away from the flood water. The cattle had on the porch of a home.

"It's just what we do. We try and give a helping hand," Jarred said. "They're alive, they're a soul. I have to save them like someone would save me."

The animals are on dry land with the family of the property owners.

The family told 41 Action News they checked and fed the animals every day but did not have the resources to immediately move them.