Har­vey leaves Stamps pair feel­ing ‘help­less’

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The restau­rant Bo Levi Mitchell used to fre­quent has been claimed by trop­i­cal storm Har­vey. Flood­wa­ters have threat­ened to breach the sand­bags around his fam­ily’s home in Katy, Texas.

Ja’Gared Davis’s mother Gayla fled Hous­ton and headed north to his home­town of Crock­ett. Davis says a close friend re­quired res­cue in Hous­ton.

Mother Na­ture is on the minds of the two Calgary Stam­ped­ers as much as Mon­day’s Labour Day game against the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos.

The pic­tures and videos they’ve seen of sub­merged cars, homes and in­ter­state high­ways, com­bined with the up­dates they’re get­ting from fam­ily and friends in their home state, are wor­ri­some.

“Be­ing up here, I feel help­less,’’ Davis said Wed­nes­day. “All I can do is send my heart­felt con­do­lences and my prayers and know I’m there with them men­tally if I can’t be with them phys­i­cally. It’s hard.’’

As quar­ter­back of the high school Tigers in foot­ball-mad Katy, Mitchell’s en­vi­ron­ment wasn’t far off Fri­day Night Lights de­picted in the book, movie and tele­vi­sion se­ries.

His fa­ther Dwight, who every­one calls Mitch, and step­mother Su­san live in the city of 17,000 just west of Hous­ton as do Mitchell’s step­sis­ters, two broth­ers and ex­tended fam­ily.

“Can’t leave their houses yet,” the Stam­peder quar­ter­back re­ported. “Wa­ter the last cou­ple days was about half­way up the drive­way and yes­ter­day got up to the door and didn’t go in.

“They’ve got sand­bags around the houses. They’ve moved the fur­ni­ture up­stairs and they’re all just kind of sit­ting up­stairs mak­ing sure noth­ing bad hap­pens.

“It’s in­sane to think about. I know that city front to back, like the back of my hand.

“Some of the pic­tures and videos I’ve seen ... It’s like one of those movies, the end of the world kind of thing.

“It’s a help­less feel­ing.’’

The Cana­dian Press

Mitchell, left, and Davis

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