Houston Rockets And UFC Star Derrick Lewis Pitch In With Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Hurricane Harvey left the state of Texas in a deep trouble as it was the worst storm that Texas had faced in over 50 years. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said it was one of the biggest disasters that America has faced and the results of the damage to life and property is yet to be ascertained as a number of cities including Houston have been inundated.
There has been massive flooding caused by the category 4 hurricane and winds reached up to 130mph. Hurricane Harvey has inundated a number of major cities including Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and even some parts of neighboring Louisiana. More than 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes and have been moved to various shelters.
Houston Rockets Pitch In
Some of the top sports personnel with ties to Texas have jumped into play their part with relief efforts. Les Alexander who is expected to become the new owner of the Houston Rockets donated $4 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts while Chris Paul from the Rockets has pledged $50,000. Clint Capela who plays for the Rockets asked people who were stuck and in need of emergency evacuation to reach out to him on Twitter and he would share the same with his 27.6 thousand followers. Capela tweeted over 30 emergency requests to help those who were in a difficult spot.
UFC Star Derrick Lewis Gets Involved
UFC Star Derrick Lewis who lives in Texas is preparing for a big fight with Fabrico Werdum. However the MMA fighter put all that on hold and went out with his truck to rescue and help people in Houston who were stranded. Lewis said that when he heard the police and the firefighters telling Houston residents that they would only receive a response if it was a matter of life and death, he decided to do something.
Lewis has also used social media to get notifications of which areas were in need of help and then took out his Chevy truck to go out and rescue them. Lewis has been wading through flooded streets and getting bitten by water bugs for the last two days as he rescued a number of families that had kids.
Texas might not yet be out of the woods as there are reports that Hurricane Harvey could be making a return. President Donald Trump is expected to make an aerial visit to inspect the damage later today.