Pastor Mike Marcellus knew the rain was coming down hard Wednesday night, but he never imagine what he would find at his church in the morning.
"We were at home in bed,” Marcellus said. “I had no idea it was going to do this kind of damage."
When Marcellus arrived Thursday morning, he could not believe what he saw.
"When we saw the damage, it was pretty devastating," he said.
Nearby Boggy Creek swelled at least 20 feet. That left at least five feet of water inside the church.
"Everything is... it's a total loss,” Marcellus said. “We've got 95, 100 percent loss on the interior."
Missouri Pastor Charles Bell drove all the way to Austin to meet with Marcellus to get some help with a Spanish church he wants to open in Fort Worth. When Bell got here and found out what the area was dealing with, he had second thoughts.
"We thought maybe we shouldn't even call, because obviously he's got more on his plate than talking to us. But, I called last night and he said, 'Listen, we've got all this going on, but I'll still take time to talk to you,’” Bell said.
That might not surprise you when you find out that, despite the fact that his church is destroyed, Marcellus seems more concerned with others who are dealing with flooding.
"We already started collecting water. We've already started collecting water, food, blankets, clothing -- anything that we can to help our neighbors," Marcellus said.
But, the generosity goes both ways.
"A lot of people have just been very gracious. Some of the neighbors have come by and gave us money to help out in our effort," he said.
Marcellus said there was about $80,000 in damage done inside the church. They do not have flood insurance.
He said other churches have already started to donate money for the rebuilding effort.