Tropical Storm Harvey: Ninth Avenue in Port Arthur looks like a river

Hargie Savoy, a woman who has dedicated her life to Port Arthur, found herself having to leave for higher ground. (KFDM/Fox 4 photo)

*NOTE: This story originally aired Aug. 30, 2017.

Ninth Avenue, one of Port Arthur's busiest roadways, now looks like a major river.

Cars and trucks are no longer the means of transportation. Tropical Storm Harvey's floodwaters were too strong, even for Port Arthur PD's armored vehicle.

Instead, boats are now the only traffic you see throughout the city - boats filled with Good Samaritans saving lives.

"The outpouring from these people - from Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves - it's unbelievable," Port Arthur PD Detective Mike Hebert said. "And these people are so appreciative.

"What they went through last night, it's harrowing experiences."

But by daylight, those stranded families in Port Arthur knew they were not alone.

Military choppers flew overhead and through word of mouth and through social media, boaters found their way to those looking for a way out.

On Lake Arthur Drive, we found a familiar face. Hargie Savoy, a woman who has dedicated her life to Port Arthur, found herself having to leave for higher ground.

But she showed no sadness, just gratitude.

"I want to thank God for the beauty and wonderfulness of fellowship," Savoy said. "That's really what it's all about."

Savoy and her rescuers proved the Southeast Texas spirit is stronger than any storm.

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