Harvey leaves Stamps pair feeling ‘helpless’
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.’’
Mitchell, left, and Davis