WEST, Texas (KXAN) - The last wave of residents in West were allowed to comb through what was left of their homes on Wednesday.
Residents in ‘Zone 3,' or those living closest to the plant, were faced with a sad reality. Many of them won't ever stay in their homes again.
Spring Street, which is just three blocks south of the plant, is now dubbed "Destruction Drive."
"The insides of houses demolished," said Christi Jones, who lived near plant. People trying to get help. It's awful."
It's too awful for some nearby residents to stay put.
Jones and her family moved into their house just two months before the blast.
"We're having to pack our stuff up and take it to storage or somewhere like that until we can find a house to rent," she said.
Moving day was a little light, because they had to leave behind a lot.
"The couches are covered in glass," Jones said, "all the floor was covered in glass. Both the windows were busted out."
Their neighbor's house was even worse.
"All their ceiling's caved in," she said.
Most on this block won't move back.
"Just stay strong for each other," said Christi's husband Matt, as they look to move on from last week's tragedy.
The family was at church when the explosion hit their house.
"We have six in our family," Christi said. "I have three girls and one boy."
She credits faith for her family's survival, and its future.
"I just praise God," she said, "because my family wasn't here."
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