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PRCA cowboys offering aid in wake of Hurricane Harvey


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Though Hurricane Harvey may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, there is no appropriate label for the destruction caused by the natural disaster.

As of Aug. 30, the death toll brought on by record floods in southeastern Texas reportedly reached 21, with countless others displaced from their homes with no resolution on the initial horizon. Despite tragic levels of suffering ravaging the areas surrounding Houston, human decency hasn’t backed down from one of Mother Nature’s stiffest displays of intimidation.

Milo DeWitt, a PRCA gold card member and former all-around cowboy, has offered his land for temporary stay for any stock contractors or PRCA cowboys in need of sheltering their animals. DeWitt, whose ranch in Rio Rico, Ariz., sits about 80 miles south of Tucson, is hoping to hear from those in need of help.

“I got room for a couple semi loads of horses,” DeWitt said. “There’s another guy that’s got room for 600-head in northern Arizona. Cattle and horses. It’s available if they need a place to go to get out of that water.”

Jerry Nelson, owner and operator of Frontier Rodeo Co., resides in Winnie, Texas, a town about 70 miles east of downtown Houston. Nelson, whose house was engulfed by the rising tides, has seen firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s all flooded,” Nelson said. “Interstate 10, the whole interstate, has been closed from Houston to Beaumont, and it looks like a damn ocean.”

Accounting for all the risks, Nelson hasn’t strayed from helping those in need. Even if that means offering his own safety.

“I had a bunch of water and food and all that stacked up in a building here in Winnie,” Nelson said. “We’ve got about 600 families here that ain’t got nothing. I had the fire department meet me out there and we waded in about four feet of water and loaded up a bunch of food and water so people could have that for the next two or three days.

“It’s a mess. It really is.”

Those in need can contact DeWitt at 602.677.8696.

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