Most of the stories we've heard from Hurricane Harvey have been about the damage from its historic flooding (and the occasional bit of public figure hypocricy). However, in noted contrast, here's a story that's a little strange, but ultimately heartwarming.
Legendary Houston rapper Trae tha Truth is known throughout the city for both his music and his charitable work—he even has an annual holiday. But Trae is taking his efforts to a new level during Harvey by rescuing people in a boat. One of the people he rescued? Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Simmons.
Simmons, who lives in Houston, talked to NBA.com about the experience. He holed up at a friend's place in Richmond, Texas on Saturday, thinking he could wait out the storm for a few days. But after taking on more guests than expected, the group was quickly running out of food.
"There was at least 20 people in the house and probably eight of them were kids," Simmons said. "I ate a pack of ramen noodles and that’s all for like a day-and-a-half."
Once the food was gone, the Magic forward knew it was time to leave. He got help from an unexpected source.
"Trae tha Truth, the rapper, is from Houston and we know a mutual friend from San Antonio. They brought a boat to Houston because [Trae] had to evacuate as well," Simmons said. "They came and got [Trae] and then he came and got us right away. Luckily, I had a friend in the area who could help us out."
In addition to NBA stars, Trae has rescued dozens of other people from flooding. You can get a more thorough accounting of his efforts in the video above.
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