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August 30, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Floating islands of stinging fire ants, hundreds of alligators about to escape into floodwaters and a shark swimming down the street – all three have been reported in Houston flooding, and only one of the three is a hoax.

The hoax is – maybe you guessed it – the shark.

A realistic looking photo shows a shark swimming along a flooded Houston street in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, apparently photographed from the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

Photo from Gator Country Facebook page shows a Texan cleaning his sixgun in case alligators escape

“Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas. #HurricaneHarvy,” a tweet from @Jeggit says.

But the shark photo is a fake. It has been used online in various guises since 2011.

Hurricane Harvey is still causing devastation in Houston and severe disruption to flights and cruises around Texas and beyond. Reservoirs are overspilling, freeways are underwater and some side streets in Houston resemble the canals of Venice.  The weather bureau says there’s more rain to come before the Harvey system moves to Louisiana, which is bracing itself.

Sharks aside, the two other threats in Houston – alligators and fire ants – are real. Officials at a Texas alligator tourist attraction say floodwaters are close to reaching the height of fences keeping hundreds of the reptiles inside.

Shark in Houston floodwaters? Don’t believe it!.

“We’re less than a foot a foot from (water) going over the fences,” Gator Country owner Gary Saurage told TV channel KFDM. Two of the biggest alligators, Big Al and Big Tex, have been put in trailers to at least keep those two from escaping.

Floodwaters are still rising and may not peak till tomorrow.

CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca meanwhile tweeted a photo from Houston showing islands of stinging fire ants bobbing along on the floodwaters.

The insects, up to 100,000 at a time, form islands and float around until they hit something dry – anything. Pray it’s not you. Authorities are warning people to stay very well clear of them.

Islands of stinging fire ants on the move in Houston

Written by Peter Needham

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