Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Bucs players from Houston area pray rain can finally stop

The Bucs are safely on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico, but five Tampa Bay players are from the greater Houston area have watched the extensive flooding from Hurricane Harvey, hoping rain will stop before there's further damage.

"Everybody's doing fine," said receiver Josh Huff, who still has a home and family in Houston. "Hopefully it can stop raining soon, so my house won't get flooded and my dad's house won't get flooded. If it keeps raining, it's not good. It's devastating. I've never seen it like that before."

Bucs receiver Mike Evans, from Galveston, said the threat of major storms and flooding was part of life back home -- he was evacuated and briefly relocated in 2008 when Hurricane Ike caused flooding on the Gulf coast of Texas. Jacquizz Rodgers, who is expected to open the season as the Bucs' starting running back during Doug Martin's suspension, is from Richmond, southwest of Houston, with family members back home impacted by the storm and flooding.

Running back Charles Sims, who is from Houston played three years at the University of Houston, said his family members are all accounted for, but it's hard to watch his hometown nearly underwater.

"It is scary. Concerning," Sims said. "It's flooding everywhere. Everybody's affected. You just hope everybody can pull through. The water's still rising though."

Lineman Caleb Benenoch is from Katy, about 30 miles due west of Houston, and said he's keeping in touch with family and friends and hoping the worst is behind them and water levels can start falling.

"They're doing OK right now," Benenoch said. "There's a lot of flooding in the neighborhoods, but luckily none in my parents' house yet. We have to keep praying for them. Very worried -- a lot of people I know are getting affected by this, so I just keep praying for them and hoping they're okay."

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