For roughly 300 Midwestern State University students, the events taking place in South Texas are of major concern.
That’s the number of students on campus who are from the Houston, Gulf and surrounding areas battered by Harvey.
As more images come in from Southeast Texas, showing the epic flooding caused by Harvey, it’s an unbelievable sight for several MSU football players who call this area home.
Offensive Lineman, Keith Domino said, “We had a lot of water damage and roof damage to our house and my grandmother’s house is flooded so it’s just hard knowing that I can’t help out or be there.”
Wide Receiver, Bryce Martinez said the damage to his parents home forced his family to leave the city.
He added, “My parent’s had to evacuate from their home and go to Austin Texas, we have some other family out there, left our house and the rest of our belongings back for a couple of days and it was kind of tough because I wasn’t there with my family and be able to be there for my mom .”
But Bryce Martinez is staying strong. He says thanks to the sport he loves.
“That’s where I was born and raise and coming all the way, six and a half, seven hours away, having to be away from my family is tough but when I walk through that gate, I try to black everything out other than football,” Bryce stated.
At MSU, there’s help available for Martinez and others from the Gulf Coast region.
V.P. for Student Affairs, Dr. Keith Lamb stated, “The university for those students are offering different resources in addition to our normal counseling that we offer the students, we are also hosting group counseling sessions.”
Domino said, “It’s good to know I’m taken care of. Whatever goes back home, I’m good, I’m keeping it good.”
Even though the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is still difficult to comprehend, students like Keith Domino and Martinez are glad to have the support from the Wichita Falls and MSU community.
MSU officials say students worried about housing or their meal plan should contact the departments on the screen.
They are also willing to help those concerned with the ability to pay their tuition or any outstanding fees.
Details on all of this can be found by simply clicking this link https://news.Mwsu.Edu/inews/view.Asp?Id=2011.