US: Alligator sanctuary on alert as flood threatens to unleash hundreds of Gators

Humans aren’t the only Southeast Texas residents fleeing Harvey, looking for higher ground. Alligators are on the move, too. Alligators look for higher ground to the sun themselves and regulate their body temperature, even though they spend most of their time in the water.

Gator Country, an alligator and reptile rescue and educational facility in Beaumont, Texas, is in danger of 350 alligators escaping over its exterior fence because of rising floodwaters, local media reported.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey and the resultant storms have the water level less than a foot from cresting an exterior fence of the facility.

Gator Country owner Gary Saurage told local media that alligators could eventually swim over the fence and into the wild.

“I’ve never seen [the water] stay anywhere near this before. The staying power of this storm is just unbelievable.” Gary said.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office advised Twitter followers to “expect them to be displaced. Simply looking for higher ground.”

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains and deep flooding.