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Houston athletes aid victims, rebuild from Hurricane Harvey damage

Aug 27, 2017, 6:11 PM
Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment compl...

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area this weekend and left an enormous amount of damage to buildings, roadways and people.

One woman had been killed by the storm and over 1,000 others had to be rescued by the Houston police and fire departments as of Sunday evening.

Professional sports athletes in the area are now doing their part to aid the rebuild and help any way they can.

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt started Houston Flood Relief Fund in hopes of raising $200,000 to help.

Hurricane Harvey has taken a catastrophic toll on our great city, while leaving many stranded and in need of assistance. We must come together and collectively help rebuild the aspects of our community members lives that were damaged or lost. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated. We will come out of this stronger than ever. We are Texans.

In a matter of hours, the goal had almost been matched from over 1,000 donors.

Watt himself donated $100,000.

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela tried to do his part in helping by having people tweet at him emergency situations. With his big following on social media, he would then be able to get the word out to tens of thousands of people in hopes the people in trouble could receive help.

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