Former President George W. Bush visited a football practice at Southern Methodist University (SMU) Tuesday to offer support to players from the Houston area as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the state.

The native Texan, wearing an SMU hat, told the players that he and others were supporting the team as the region faces floods from the storm.

“I know there’s some people from Houston here and the Houston area, and I know you’re going through a really tough time,” Bush said. “And just know that there will be a lot of people that are going to help you.”

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“The country right now, they’re recovering, and the key thing on the recovery is to keep people safe,” he continued. “Then it’s going to be rebuilding, and if you’re from that area, you’ll be amazed at the people who come down there to help.

“The days are dark now, but they’re going to get better.”

Fifteen people have died so far from the storm.

Bush oversaw the response to and recovery from Hurricane Katrina when the storm devastated Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005.

Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, also issued a statement Monday in support of Houston, where he typically resides.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Texas Tuesday to view the destruction from the storm, but stayed away from Houston, where their presence would have diverted resources as deadly floods continue to rock the city.