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Watch: Heartwarming Moment Good Samaritan Stops to Rescue Horse from Devastating Floodwaters


This year, Missouri has seen some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Water levels are now surpassing the record set by The Great Flood of 1993. The flooding has proven devastating, forcing residents to flee their homes to reach higher ground.

On Saturday morning, water breached a levee near Levasy, Missouri. The town began to evacuate before another breach occurred on Sunday.

The water engulfed roads, buildings and agriculture as many residents rushed to escape with little time to mourn their losses.

“It was like a bad horror movie,” Clint Nimmo, Levasy resident, told KMBC 9.

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The floodwaters are so dangerous that access to Levasy has been prohibited. Only residents are permitted to enter the town, which has been mostly overtaken by the floodwaters.

“We got our corn in and it was all up about a foot tall,” Glen Diekmann, a Levasy farmer, told KSHB. “A lot of that was partially underwater, and it’s all underwater now.”

Although the impact of the flooding has been heartbreaking for Levasy residents, many people have banded together to help each other overcome the disaster. First United Methodist Church opened its doors to shelter residents as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made efforts to rescue those in need.

However, it was a good Samaritan who reacted when he noticed something struggling in the rising water.

In a heart-wrenching video posted to YouTube, a horse can be seen trying to stay afloat in deep floodwaters. The horse’s head barely peeks above the water as it appears to fight for its life.

In an act of bravery, the good Samaritan swam into the rising waters to rescue the horse. Slowly, the man guided the horse by its reins to more solid ground.

Watch as the man makes an extraordinary effort to save the horse from drowning:

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Amid all the destruction and hopelessness Missouri is experiencing, the video is a bright reminder that compassion is stronger than natural disasters.

With more rain in the weather forecast, no one is certain exactly when floodwaters in Missouri will recede. According to KMBC 9, Jackson County Executive Frank White is working to get residents home as soon as conditions are safe.

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Noel Marquis is a journalist and animal-lover hailing from the Midwest. After an internship with Disney following her college graduation, she pursued a career writing content that makes readers smile. Coffee, books and superhero movies are some of her favorite things.