Residents of Dayton, Texas, witnessed a scene reminiscent of the Old West on May 31: cowboys herding up hundreds of cattle in an effort to save them from the flooding Trinity River.
KHOU reports that over 500 head of cattle were stuck in the floodwaters before cowboys, law enforcement and volunteers led them nine miles to safety. Over 200 cattle made it to a rail yard after hours of walking and swimming. Some of the calves were taken there by airboat, but not all of them survived.
The cattle had been located on 1,800 acres, but when the floodwater closed in, the dry land shrunk down to about 50 acres.
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