- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOUSTON -- The Texans had to cancel the first day of organized team activities due to the severe flooding throughout Houston, but business resumed just about as usual on Wednesday.
Wednesday's OTA practice, a voluntary session, was held inside the team's practice bubble as rain fell outside for the early part of the session.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and communities that were affected by the flood," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "We were affected here having to cancel that first OTA. Many of our players and staff members couldn’t actually get to the stadium. ... We had no issues today with our OTAs. Everything was right in line and we functioned fine."
The stadium did not experience any notable damage from the flooding.
According to the Associated Press there have been 17 fatalities from the recent flooding in Oklahoma and Texas, and many more are missing. Fire fighters performed 500 water rescues, and at least 2,500 vehicles were abandoned in the floods.
Some of the worst flooding happened in a central Texas town of Wimberley, where an entire home floated down the Blanco River and slammed into a bridge.
"It was unbelievable the amount of water that came down," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "... To see houses just washed away. And one of my former executives is up at Wimberley. He had a home that is up off the Blanco River, well away from the river, and his home was completely flooded. He wound up up in the rafters with his wife and a 4-year-old grandson and there was no escape. If the water had kept coming up it would have been the end.
"So it's a very tragic thing and we're fortunate that -- we had enough damage and loss of life here but up there around Wimberley in Central Texas it was even more severe, the damage. So we really feel for those people."