Fifteen cats stuck in one tree. A precarious sight. Especially because the tree was surrounded by 4 feet of debris filled water.

In August, that’s what Tim Sorenson came upon. Sorenson was in Houston helping after a Category 4 hurricane flooded the Texas city. Specifically, he was rescuing stranded animals.

“I was told that it wasn’t good to try to pull them out,” said Sorenson of the treed felines.

But Sorenson, an adventure sports enthusiast and self-described Idaho redneck, had a solution.

“I had all my climbing gear with me and (I) roped myself up in these trees and started building platforms,” Sorenson said.

Read the full story from Eli Francovich over at the Spokesman Review.