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Vikings and Wilfs donating $300K to flood relief

During Thursday's game they'll encourage fans to give, too

The Minnesota Vikings and the family that owns the team are making six-figure donations to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. 

A statement from the Vikings says the team is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help people affected by Harvey. 

In addition the Wilf family – brothers Zygi, Mark, and Leonard co-own the team – is also giving $100,000 to the Red Cross and another $100,000 to the Jewish Federations of North America for their Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 

The team will make an announcement about the gifts during Thursday night's pre-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The Vikings say they will also show video messages from three of their players who are Texas natives: Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter, and Case Keenum. They will encourage fans to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999. 

The Minnesota Twins are raising money for hurricane relief by auctioning off the cleats worn by players during their Fourth of July game. Bidding continues until Sunday evening. Bids for Byron Buxton's cleats were approaching $1,400 dollars on Thursday. 

The latest on the flooding

The number of people either confirmed dead or feared dead now stands at 38, the Houston Chronicle reports

The rain is ending in Texas and Louisiana as Harvey's remnants move inland. But the National Weather Service says life-threatening flooding will continue from the Houston area into Louisiana for the rest of the week.

Hundreds of square miles of Texas remain underwater and thousands of people cannot return to their homes, the Washington Post says

A fire at a chemical plant near Houston early Thursday sent flames 30 feet into the air, CBS News reports. People within a mile-and-a-half of the plant were evacuated. The Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the scene with local officials and told the network there's no concentration of toxic material. 

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