Hurricane Harvey: Alligators in Houston Floodwaters Making Conditions Even Scarier

Hurricane Harvey: Alligators in Houston Floodwaters Making Conditions Even Scarier

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- The Fort Bend County, Texas Sheriff’s Officewasn’t kidding when it sent out a warning about alligators, and the possibility of the reptiles showing up in strange and unusual places following Hurricane Harvey.

With so much water in southeastern Texas and communities, including Houston, inundated by flooding, gators are turning up dangerously close to people.

In metro Houston in Missouri City, Arlene Kelsch of Lake Olympia, was checking out the flooding in her backyard on Sunday when she noticed an ominous sight: an alligator swimming around awfully close to her home.

"I went to check on him and saw he had moved to another part of my backyard ... but it wasn't the same alligator! That's when I see two swimming around our yard," Kelsch told the Houston Chronicle.

"Holy crap was my reaction. I felt relatively safe seeing them; it's kind of cool. As long as I don't open my door, I'm fine, but it's still a little creepy,” she said in an email to the Chronicle.

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The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office sent out a gator warning on Thursday, Aug. 24.

“Gators and flooding advice via @txgatorsquad: Expect them to be displaced. Simply looking for higher ground. Leave alone until water recedes.”

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