(CBS) -- Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, debris piles now line the streets of many Houston neighborhoods.
This one is from Nancy Sue Bammel's home of more than 35 years.
"It's unbelievable. It doesn't look the same. It is not home like it was," she says.
The last time she saw her house, she was fleeing rising flood water from a controlled release of the Addicks Reservoir during the storm.
"They had to come to my front door and I got in the boat. It was like a movie almost"
For the past two days, her son's company helped strip her first floor down to the studs.
"It's humbling but this is where we're from so we just all pitch in," said Energy Express Services CEO Stuart Bodden.
FEMA expects to pay out $11 billion to insured homeowners in one part of the state alone. Many who didn't have flood insurance will have to get grants or loans to rebuild.
Still, most Houston students went back to school this week - only a handful of campuses have yet to open-and those students will temporarily relocate to other facilities.
Back at Nancy Sue Bammel's, she's taking stock of what can be saved and what can't.
She'll part with a family heirloom, and she's taking the rest one day at a time.
Across southeastern Texas, it'll take strength and time to emerge from Harvey's havoc.