New South Wales, Australia, was hit with violent storms this week, causing massive flooding and serious property damage across the Central Coast region. Areas like the Hunter Valley have been declared natural disaster zones with around 200,000 homes and businesses still without power and at least four deaths reported so far.
But thanks to this man”s quick thinking, his friend and neighbor won”t have to worry about her beloved horses being swept away in the waters.
Steve Stowart hopped on to his surfboard and paddled out to where the horses were stuck in the shoulder-high waters.
The barbed wire fence which kept them on the property had been completely submerged.
The horses were understandably distressed as he helped guide them to safety.
The horses” owner, Sonia Sharrock, also jumped in to help keep them calm, something that proved a tad difficult with ones like this jumpy guy.
But luckily, they were successful in coaxing him to higher ground.
Stowart was eventually able to cut the restrictive wire and create a safe path for the remaining horses.
While the rain continues to fall, the New South Wales premier is asking residents to “hang tough.”
In the meantime, over 250 State Emergency Service crews are making their way to the area with over 600 volunteers.
(via BuzzFeed, Daily Mail)
It may be a long time before things return to normal, but these communities clearly know how to work together to power through the toughest of times.