Praying For My City - Damyean Dotson

Praying For My City
Houston needs help as we fear the catastrophe could get worse


For more than four days we went nowhere, my mother, my girlfriend and me. We were holed up in my mother’s house, cut off from loved ones by flooded streets and impassable highways. The sun peeked out yesterday, but we’re still unable to travel far. We worry still about what the next day will bring and wonder how long the misery can go on.

Houston, my city, my hometown, is suffering, and we know we’re among the lucky ones. Our house has not taken on water and the streets around us are not flooded. We still have electricity and running water, and our immediate family is safe. The area we’re in, on the south side near downtown, seems to be doing alright.

“I think my friends are safe, too, but I’m not totally sure,’’ Dotson said. “I haven’t seen a lot from them on social media, which probably means they’re having trouble with their phones. Maybe they’ve lost service. So we’re all feeling kind of isolated from one another.

“The hardest part is knowing that so many people are hurting and to see what is happening to the city. On TV we see that the freeways are overflowing with water. I was supposed to leave for New York yesterday for practice at the Knicks’ training facility, but that was the last thing on my mind.”

Dotson has been working out in Tarrytown and also with Carmelo Anthony in pickup games at his Manhattan gym.