Flooding in Texas Sends Gators on the Move

Eric Chaney
Published: April 18, 2017

Heading outside during a thunderstorm exposes you to plenty of dangers - lightning and flash flooding for a start - but the current storm system near Houston has flushed out another danger. 

Alligators. 

Ok, so it’s really only one alligator.  But it’s a big one. 

Heavy rains in Houston flushed this big gator out into the street in Fort Bend County.
(Major Chad Norvell/Fort Bend County Sheriff)
A sheriff’s deputy in Fort Bend County, on the southwest side of Houston, spotted a massive gator just sitting in the road in the rain in the county’s Old Orchard community. 

“Since we have nothing else to do right now, this big girl thought she would go for a walk!” Major Chad Norvell posted on Twitter, along with a photo of the massive gator. 

Heavy weather in the region may have forced the gator out into the open.

(MORE: Flash Flood Threat For Southeast Texas on Anniversary of Houston's Tax Day Flood of 2016)

According to weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, a stalled band of rain in the area is dropping 2 to 3 inches per hour in  Brazoria and Galveston Counties. Doppler radar estimates up to 11 inches has fallen, in spots.

The gator later made its way onto someone's front porch.
(Major Chad Norvell/Fort Bend County Sheriff)
Thanks to deep moisture, a slow-moving upper-level disturbance, and rather light winds through the atmosphere, the threat of additional heavy rainfall will persist through at least Tuesday afternoon in southeast Texas before that upper disturbance finally slides sluggishly to the east.

The gator may have found a place to ride out the storm, though. 

Norvell’s third post showed the gator sitting on the front porch of a home where two women live, Norvell told the Houston Chronicle. 

"They're [male gators] are moving around looking for a mate. It's mating season now. He went to the right house considering there were two women living there."

“Update: Waiting for @TexasGameWarden,” Norvell said. 

We don’t blame you, Major Norvell.  

By 9:30 a.m. a Texas game warden arrived at the scene, the Chronicle reports. Norvell and two other men held the gator down as the warden taped up his mouth before taking him away and back to one of the many ponds in the area.

MORE: Largest Texas Alligator Ever Captured Alive 


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