Even with classes about to get underway and week one of the college football season around the corner, Les Miles and his LSU team took Thursday’s off day to volunteer and visit victims from the Louisiana flooding.
The team visited Celtic Studios, where about 700 refugees from the flooding have shelter. Those are some of the more than 20,000 people who have been rescued from the flooding. Forty thousand homes have been damaged by some 6.9 trillion gallons of rainfall this week.
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“It really makes you value life a lot more,” quarterback Brandon Harris told WVLA. “I lost my car, but, at the same time, it could’ve been a lot worse than that…just being able to come in here and put a smile on someone’s face, that’s important to me.”
LSU’s baseball team visited flooding victims on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, other SEC programs have come together to help. Alabama, which was devastated by the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornadoes, is filling an 18-wheeler with support for the victims in Louisiana.
South Carolina filled two equipment trucks with food and supplies to be delivered to Baton Rouge. The Tigers-Gamecocks game last season was originally scheduled for Columbia but was rescheduled for Baton Rouge because of, you guessed it, flooding.
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After taking the off day to help out, it’s back to football for the Tigers, who open the season Sept. 3 against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field.
“I can tell you what you find here, you find a great number of donations and a lot of volunteers,” Miles told NOLA.com. “The most prevalent tag that I saw on anybody’s shirt was volunteer. Our guys came out and had fun and smiled and wished them well. Tomorrow, it’ll be back to practice and preparing for the opener. It was a great visit.”