Rich Garven Telegram & Gazette Staff @richgarventg FOXBORO — Elandon Roberts was 11 years old and living in Port Arthur, Texas, a waterfront city located next to the Louisiana line when Hurricane Rita slammed the Gulf Coast in late September, 2005.
Twelve years later, Houston finds itself bearing the brunt of a storm that could cause an estimated $30 billion in damage as Hurricane Harvey has, in particular, deluged southeast Texas with record-setting rainfall that could ultimately total 50 inches in some areas since hitting land Friday.
Roberts, who attended the University of Houston before being drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots in 2016, reported his parents are “holding on tight” while dealing with a lot of flooding.
Hurricane Harvey, which now stretches through Louisiana, Mississippi and into Alabama and has been downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to continue until at least midweek.
Tackle Cameron Fleming hails from America’s fourth-largest city — the population of 6.6 million is about 200,000 less than that of Massachusetts — and receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Eric Rowe grew up about 30 miles north of there.
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