Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taillon Has Eye on Texas Chaos Family Just North of Houston Is Safe from Big Storm

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taillon Has Eye on Texas Chaos Family Just North of Houston Is Safe from Big Storm

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CHICAGO - Social media tells the story for Jameson Taillon.

His immediate family in The Woodlands, Texas, a community about 35 miles north of Houston, is safe from Tropical Storm Harvey, hunkered down in their house, but Taillon sees the destruction elsewhere.

"Some of the pictures I'm seeing firsthand, even just friends on Snapchat, walking through their house and every time they step on the carpet there's water flying up because their house is getting flooded," said Taillon, who grew up in the Houston area and still calls it home in the offseason. "It's tough to see and not feeling like I can help too much or anything."

Harvey strengthened over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night near Rockport, Texas. It has lingered over the Texas coast in the days since, pounding Houston and surrounding areas with rain leading to immense flooding. The storm has been blamed for at least nine deaths, the Associated Press reported Monday evening.

"A lot of buildings get messed up, a lot of homes, a lot of people getting uprooted," said Taillon, who went to The Woodlands High School. "A lot of people don't have flood insurance. That's going to be tough for a lot of people to overcome. For right now, I think people are just waiting on the rain to stop and dry the area up, but it's not stopping right now."

Major League Baseball moved the series between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Rays, because of the storm. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association have donated $1 million to several relief efforts.

Minor league pitcher Shane Baz, the Pirates' first-round draft pick this year and a native of nearby Cypress, Texas, started a fundraiser for Harvey relief efforts; as of Monday evening, he had raised more than $2,000 of his $5,000 goal. Taillon, who tweeted out a series of emergency contact numbers Monday, said he is looking for ways to help as well. …

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