Wikimedia Commons - Oak treeJust outside of Rockport, Texas, stands an ancient Live Oak that for well over 1,000 years has offered a long, cool shadow to weary locals during hot summers — and now they’re returning the favor.

Soaring temperatures and dry conditions had some locals worried that the big oak may succumb to drought, so fire fighters brought their hoses and pumped a deluge of life-giving water on the majestic tree.

It took 11,000 gallons of water to simulate half an inch of rainfall.

(READ the story at TreeHugger – Corpus Christi Caller)

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