Texas competes as families keep eye on hurricane

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday and while much of Southern Texas is feeling the effects of the hurricane, the families of the Texas team at the Little League World Series will for the most part, not feel the effects of the storm.

The Southwest regional champions, Lufkin Little League of Lufkin, Texas, could play their game on Saturday against Southeast regional champions, North State Little League of Greenville, North Carolina knowing that Hurricane Harvey had not reached their homes in Lufkin.

While the Hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center is warning of a “rainfall disaster” for the next five to six days and according to the families from Lufkin, while they have not been hit by the hurricane, there is a chance of flooding on and around Monday.

“So far, just a lot of rain. Possibly worried about flooding. Certain parts of Lufkin have a tendency to flood,” Richard Noble, uncle of Lance Modisette of Lufkin Little League, said.

As the Mexico regional champions and Southeast regional champions make plans to return home, Little League has made safety precautions due to the path the tropical storm is making. According to Kevin Fountain, Little League Director of Media Relations, both teams will fly to Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday.

“Little League International will ensure these teams have accommodations provided in Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as coordinate ground transportation back to their home communities as soon as it is safe to do so. The thoughts and prayers from everyone at Little League International go out to all those in the path of the storm.”

The biggest worry for the Lufkin families are their families located elsewhere in Texas, as well as those in their neighborhood who live in more flood prone areas.

“Both of my daughters and my son live pretty low, they are home watching this on TV,” Brian Miller, grandfather of Clayton Wigley.

“Where we are we will probably just get a lot of rain,” Jeff Slaga, father of Blake Slaga, said. “I have family in Houston, they’re getting a lot of rain.”

Jesus Gomez, principal of Lufkin Middle School, came to the Series to cheer on the eight kids in the team from his school.

“Our big thing is that our vehicles are in Houston and we might be rerouted to Dallas, I’m not concerned about my house,” Gomez said. “I’m worried about the whole community.”