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."
Despite losing so much, there are several details to be worked.
Many of the homes are rentals, and contracts are still in effect, and right now, the rent's still due.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.