When describing the cleanup effort in the hard-hit neighborhoods along Onion Creek, “all hands on deck" is an understatement.
An army of volunteers--including some actual soldiers--has mobilized to tackle the job Camp Mabry is allowing its soldiers to join the effort to bring things back to normal.
"I've seen a lot of friends from the military as well that took the day off to come and help," Staff Sergeant Ruben Lopez with the 36th Infantry Division said.
While Lopez is off base, he’s is on-duty to help an old buddy.
"It's heartbreaking to see this happen to a good friend of mine,” he said. “We've been so close, like brothers."
On Thursday, YNN cameras captured Lopez’s friend and brother in arms, retired Army 1st Sergeant Joe Mancias, escaping the flood waters with his family. Mancias and Lopez served together in Afghanistan.
Mancias’ family waited out the flood on the roof of their home.
"My Sergeant Major saw him on TV on top of a roof. He asked me to come down here and help him," Lopez said. "To see this happen to them, it just breaks me down."
Lopez was not the only soldier in Southeast Austin Friday with a "leave no man behind" attitude.
"That man (Mancias) has always been there for all of us, whatever we need,” Army Sergeant Jose Jiminez said. “Even after he retired we still call him, check up on him."
The Red Cross was also on hand here assessing needs, as well as many other groups that are more than willing to serve a community in desperate need.