Orlando Magic guard Jonathon Simmons has detailed how he managed to escape the Houston area flooding linked to Hurricane Harvey while doing so during an interview with John Denton of the team’s website. Simmons outlined the fact that he needed to get on a boat, trek through muddy water and hitch a ride on the back of a dumpster truck.
“Saturday night it started raining about 8 o’clock, but we had gotten over there about 3 o’clock just to be safe,” said Simmons, who is from Houston and spent Saturday at his friend’s house. “I had bought all of these air mattresses and covers and blankets and food and water for everybody. We were good for three days, but my other friend’s house had started getting flooded early, so he came there to the house, too. So that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids. We had to let the kids eat first, so most of the last two days it was kind of rough (without food).”
Simmons also said that there were at least 20 people in the house and that probably eight of them were kids. While the house where Simmons was staying never flooded, the residence did run out of supplies, leaving Simmons and the rest of the people inside to hatch an escape plan as quickly as possible.
That was when a friend of Simmons came to the rescue.
“Trae the 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,” said Simmons. “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.”
But the journey wasn’t easy.
“We still had to ride a boat, walk through muddy water and ride on the back of a dumpster truck for like five miles. It was crazy,” he recalled. “I had to hold up my people and I had some kids with me. Most of the kids were old enough to walk, but one of them I had to carry with me.”