Bombers keep eye on Ike

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

Anthony Malbrough had a lot more than football on his mind Friday night.

The defensive back helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers thump the Toronto Argonauts 39-9, but his thoughts were back home in Texas, where his wife and two children were fleeing Hurricane Ike.

"Where I live was the first place to get evacuated," Malbrough said. "It was difficult (to concentrate on Friday), but I was able to do my job."

Malbrough lives in a suburb of Houston, where Ike made landfall yesterday morning packing winds of 130 km/h. His family headed inland on Thursday, and Malbrough got a report on his house after landing in Winnipeg yesterday.

"I just talked to some people that live in my neighbourhood," he said. "They said that our house did pretty good. Fences got knocked down and there's a little flooding, but there's some serious damage in some areas out there."

Ike was downgraded to a tropical storm after coming ashore in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Malbrough, 31, said it was worrisome knowing his wife had to handle the situation herself.

"It's real tough. It was on my mind since Thursday, since I realized everything that was going on," he said. "And I have two small kids. My son is six, and my daughter is two, and my wife's doing all that stuff by herself right now."

Malbrough's wife was able to join the rest of their extended family members, who also had to evacuate their homes, at a hotel five hours inland.

Wide receiver Derick Armstrong has also had Ike on his mind, even though his immediate family wasn't in danger.

Armstrong now lives in the Dallas area, but his hometown of Jasper, Texas, was in the direct path of the storm. He still has many relatives in the area, so they headed for his house when Ike came at them.

"They'll probably be there for about a month. They say the electricity will be off for about six weeks. They're fine. They made it out. I talked to them this morning, and everybody's doing well," Armstrong said yesterday.


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