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Cattle drive rescues some of herd stranded in Texas flooding

DAYTON, Texas - Several hundred cattle stranded during Texas flooding have been rescued as volunteers on horseback and in boats herded the animals to safety.

The weather-related cattle drive happened Sunday through Dayton, about 30 miles northeast of Houston.

Last week's heavy rain in Liberty County and flooding along the Trinity River left some cattle on land surrounded by water.

Cowboys on horses and in air boats guided as many cattle as they could reach. Some of the animals swam to higher ground, while others such as calves were put into boats and hauled to land.

Sheriff's Capt. Ken DeFoor says people crowded the streets to watch the cattle herded several miles to reach a railroad yard.

The cattle will be hauled back to the ranch once the water recedes.

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