Friendswood lives up to its name after Harvey

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Neighbors in Friendswood say they are leaning on one another as the town recovers from Harvey. (KTRK)

Sheetrock, furniture, memories.

A mountain of debris so high you can't even see John Snider and Rhonda Wolfe's home.

"You're overwhelmed by where do I start," Snider said. "I need to do this, I need to do that."

But they're taking it one day at a time.

"Today we're going to do something to get a little bit further down the road," Wolfe said.

Inside, they are roughing it.

Concrete floors, walls ripped out, but they're one of few neighbors able to live inside their home. Most of the folks here were displaced.

About 3,000 homes in Friendswood were affected by Harvey. City officials tell me only half of those families had flood insurance.

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In Friendswood, neighbors are finding the silver linings after Harvey.



"It's heartbreaking to see people's homes and memories..." city councilwoman Sally Branson said.

I took a walk with city leaders through one of the hardest hit areas.

"We are working on cleanup right now, so getting the trash out and finding some normalcy in our street, that's the immediate problem," former Mayor David Smith says.

Church leaders are also helping. Mary Queen Catholic Church opened its doors as a food pantry.

Chris Austgen says 8,808 people came through the church's doors, and were able to get help with groceries.

Through the stress, strife and stacked high aftermath of Harvey, there's a silver lining here.

Neighbors say people came out and helped each other, the truth character of their community.

It's a city living up to its name, friends working together to recover and rebuild.

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