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Families of Gage, Roddy displaced by flood

Thousands across Louisiana were affected by the deadly floods in Baton Rouge, many lost their homes and one LSU player saved his family.

Russell Gage had to save his family.

After receiving a facetime phone call from his mother Gage saw how fast the water in his home was rising, he left to go rescue his family. Gage and Devin Voorhies, his roommate were able to get a rescue boat to go and save his family after their house took on four feet of water.

“They’re doing fine right now,” Gage said of his family, who is now at the Radisson Hotel after being displaced. 

Initially, LSU coach Les Miles was upset when he learned that Gage had left camp without notifying or telling Miles, but now is “happy” that everyone is fine.

The Baton Rouge native called his decision a “bonehead” one, but also recognized the danger he put himself in.

“I made the decision of out stress and worry,” Gage said. “It wasn’t the wisest decision, being that Coach Miles is responsible for us.”

Gage’s family wasn’t the only one affected by the historic flooding.

A text message from Caleb Roddy’s girlfriend notified him about the flooding in his home town of Denham Springs.

About a foot of water reached inside of her house and at first, Roddy thought his girlfriend’s toilet exploded until he logged onto Twitter of the flood damage.

“It’s almost like something that wasn’t real,” Roddy said about the flooding. “It’s like a movie. Just not something you would expect.”

The situation became frantic when failed phone calls to his mother and brother caused him to worry, but afterwhile Roddy was able to reach them.

The Denham Springs native said his house was about 10 miles from the Amite and Comite rivers and couldn’t put a number on how many family members that were affected.

Miles spoke to his 6-foot-5, 276-pound tight end and advised him to not head back home, but even if Roddy wanted to the highways back to his hometown were shut down, he said.

But just like Gage, all of Roddy's family members are fine and plans on going back to his home, which took on about three inches of water inside of his house, he said.

For Roddy, the effects of the flood still “eat” at him everyday, but the support of his teammates and coaches have helped. Though many Louisiana natives have taken damage during these storms, the game of football can provide a feeling of relief when Sept. 3 comes.

Roddy referenced a sign in the Tigers team room that simply says “Louisiana” indicating who they play for.

“We play for Louisiana,” Roddy said.”We got the LSU on chest. We play for the state as the Tigers.”

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