Flooding hits Washington rescue organization caring for over 80 animals

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An unusually wet start to 2022 has caused flooding at a rescue group’s property in Western Washington. The Misspits Rescue group in Grays County cares for over 80 animals, and right now, they are struggling because heavy rains have caused the property, near Rochester, to flood.

Melissa Nolan, who heads up the rescue agency, tells King 5 News that she has seen high waters in the past, but nothing like this. Nolan said:

““I never expected to see it like this, in about 24 hours, 69 animals we evacuated out.”

As she sat in her home with some of the displaced animals, she began to fear the worst, telling the news agency:

“I thought maybe this was just the end. I don’t know if we as a rescue can come back from this.”

The community has been supportive, but with another atmospheric river and warmer temperatures in the forecast this week, conditions will likely deteriorate.

On Monday morning, the rescue agency posted words of despair:

The reality of this is hitting me. It’s too much and I’m so sad. We built so much here and now it’s possibly all ruined. Every structure under feet of water, supplies and feed ruined, stuff everywhere. A pile of fence posts is now distributed throughout the property, probably some are gone. I see items from neighbors floating in my fields. The areas where water has receded is mucky or covered in gross slime.

Funds are being raised to help the rescue group. You can find their Facebook page, and their donation links, here. Donations can also be made directly to the organization’s website at this link.

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