PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Volunteers from Austin traveled to Port Arthur this weekend to clear out homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
The groups came with Operation Blessing and the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
Hilda Kincade's home was one of the homes cleared out Saturday. Her house sat undisturbed since Harvey rains flooded it with 6 feet of water. Covered in mold, most of her personal items had to be thrown out.
"It's heartbreaking. This lady needs help and this is the first time she's seen any kind of assistance," said Nicole Madrid, an Austin volunteer.
Most of homeowner's possessions are gone, but volunteers try to salvage mementos that can't be replaced.
Kincade has lived in the same home for more than 40 years. She's a life-long Port Arthur resident, who has been through her fair share of storms.
"The water came in so fast. I kept telling my son, 'Well, it's not going to really flood. I'm surprised because it's coming now because the water has never came in my house.'," said Kincade.
Harvey was a different ball game. She was inside her home in a hospital bed when the storm hit, the water rising around her. As an amputee, Kincade needed to be rescued.
"I wasn't that scared. I kept flipping my hand in the water and I made up my mind and said, 'If I got to go, if God wants to take me now, then I'm not going to worry about it.'," she said.
Her son took action and created a hole in the roof and the Coast Guard lifted her out.
"They dropped me in the water. I said, 'Oh my god. Y'all going to drown me.'," Kincade said with a laugh.
Currently, she is at a nursing home and will eventually move into a trailer parked in her driveway. The cleanup is the next step for her to begin to move on.
Volunteers are still needed. If you would like to help out, visit the ADRN website.