When the shock of the explosion disaster in West wears off, attention will soon turn to how the community will rebuild from the wide-ranging destruction.
Closer to Houston, communities that were destroyed by Hurricane Ike nearly 5 years ago can offer some advice.
In the Chambers County village of Oak Island, 90 percent of the homes were wiped off the map.
Since then, most have rebuilt, including the owner of the Channel Marker bar and grill who says there was never any question she would stay.
"It wasn't just us," says Ernestine Watson, "We had people that worked for us that lived off of this place; they paid their bills off of this place; they raised their kids off of this place. So I had to get it going back."
Watson says the work of volunteers traveling from all over the country to help was just as important as neighbors helping neighbors to rebuild.