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Disaster recovery
Helping animals affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas

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Veterinary teams are helping to rescue animals in Texas following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Classed as a category 4 hurricane (with wind speeds of 130 to 156 miles per hour [mph]) as it hit the south-eastern Texas coast on August 25, the storm brought with it as much as 50 inches of rain in some locations.

Working on the ground is the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), which is called on by the state and responds to disasters such as Harvey. Made up of vets, vet technicians, vet students and administrative support staff, the team is currently helping to deal with any animal issues that arise.

Angela Clendenin, a public information officer for the VET, said the team had never seen anything like Harvey before.

‘The thing that’s really unique about this is you typically have the initial impact and then it moves on. Hurricanes typically come in from the coast, they hit the coast and they move inland and upwards and dissipate. Harvey decided …

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