GATOR WATCH: Are alligators on the loose in Texas after Harvey?

2:48 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 Austin360 Home
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Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By now you may have heard the rumors that hundreds of alligators have escaped a rescue park in Texas -- well, that’s not exactly true, according to the Houston Chronicle. Flood waters are still rising, and some of the critters could escape.

It’s no secret that gators are present throughout southeast Texas and Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still feeling a bit on edge with the threat of gators hanging out, swimming down waterways created by Hurricane (and Tropical Storm) Harvey.

A Dallas TV reporter spotted a baby gator swimming around in the Sienna Plantation subdivision in Houston:

And video allegedly shows alligators floating around in a backyard in Missouri City:

Harvey has brought Texas critters out in full force, like the fire ant mounds that have turned into living, terrifying rafts in floodwaters. The good news: Staff, students and turtles at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas are A-OK, and these squirrels were rescued over the weekend:

Baby squirrels are falling out of trees due to winds and rain from Tropical Storm Harvey. More than 70 baby squirrels were turned into Austin Wildlife Rescue over the weekend.
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