‘Hit close to home’

World On­tario men drive to Hous­ton to help sister Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30, 2017

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - CANADA - DAvid J. phillip/Ap the cAnA­diAn press

Two On­tario men are on their way to Hous­ton to help a fam­ily mem­ber who has been forced from her home by flood­ing in the hur­ri­cane-bat­tered city.

Bill Hamil­ton, 47, and Pat Quirk, 52, left Guelph, Ont., on Mon­day night after buy­ing a $25,000 ex­treme ter­rain ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of driv­ing and float­ing on wa­ter, and are on their way to Quirk’s sister. The pair plan to pick up Quirk’s sister from the ho­tel where she has taken refuge, check on her home, and work out a plan to find her a safe place to stay.

Hur­ri­cane Har­vey made land­fall along the Gulf Coast on Fri­day night as a Cat­e­gory 4 storm and moved north­east along the Texas coast over Hous­ton. The storm has dumped more than 76 cen­time­tres of rain in parts of Texas and au­thor­i­ties have res­cued thou­sands of peo­ple left stranded by the storm.

Quirk’s 47-year-old sister, who has lived in Hous­ton for a year, was ini­tially stuck in her Hous­ton home, where the ground floor had flooded, Hamil­ton said. She was helped from her home by a pass­ing mo­torist and taken to a ho­tel, but staff have warned guests that the build­ing will likely lose power soon, Hamil­ton said.

When Quirk called Hamil­ton to tell him of his plan, Hamil­ton, a 47-year-old land­scaper, said he wanted to help out.

“It kind of hit close to home with his sister be­ing there, so I thought I’d give (him) a hand,’’ Hamil­ton said in a phone in­ter­view as he and Quirk made their way to Hous­ton in a pickup truck.

While the pair are head­ing for Quirk’s sister, Hamil­ton said they’ll try to help oth­ers who need a hand if they can.

“I’m think­ing we’ll prob­a­bly be home by the week­end, but who knows?’’ he said.

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