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Gator Country has more than 350 alligators outside - and it's flooding

Gator Country has more than 350 alligators just on the outside part of its facility on FM 365 in Beaumont, Texas. There's even more on the inside. (KFDM photo)

Gator Country has more than 350 alligators just on the outside part of its facility on FM 365 in Beaumont.

There's even more on the inside.

But it's flooding extensively.

KFDM/Fox 4 reporter James Ware was at Gator Country on Monday morning.

Owner Gary Saurage told him that more than a foot of water was inside parts of the building.

In 12 years at the FM 365 locations, Saurage has never seen flooding like this.

"We're less than a foot a foot from (water) going over the fences," Saurage said. "All of these are certified, high fences, but when it won't quit, it won't quit. We've worked around the clock and I don't know what else to do. We're truly tired. Everybody's at the end of it, man. We don't know what to do.

"I've never seen (the water) stay anywhere near this before. The staying power of this storm is just unbelievable."

The largest alligators - Big Al and Big Tex - are in trailers.

But the gators in the fenced areas could come over the top of the fences if the water gets high enough, as Saurage was mentioning earlier.

He says the crocodiles, venomous snakes and other dangerous creatures were captured and away at high enough ground to not be at risk of escaping.

"Everything that is not from here, we've put up and we have in a safe place, but we live with alligators," Saurage said.

Saurage expressed frustration that much of what he's worked for, catching alligators and other creatures to add to his farm, is gone with three days of flooding.

The gift shop, which was recently added, has at least a foot and a half in the building.

There's more rain in the foreceast, which Southeast Texas can't really afford.

Hardin and Jefferson counties' emergency management officials have been conducting rescues in parts of Bevil Oaks, Cooks Lake Road, Pinewood and Fannett among other areas.

There had been at least 10 water rescues in Jefferson County overnight as of 7 a.m. with many more underway. There have been more than 50 water rescues in the county since midnight.

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