Texas man who fled Harvey with pregnant wife cries after seeing destroyed home

PHOTO: William Weeks returned to his Port Aransas home to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey. PlayABC News
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A Texas man whose wife gave birth after they fled from Hurricane Harvey -- and whom ABC News has embedded since the storm made landfall on Friday -- made an emotional return to his destroyed home on Wednesday, saying that his family made the "right decision" to stay nearby.

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Port Aransas resident William Weeks and his wife, Danielle Weeks, became parents of three Tuesday morning when they welcomed their newest addition -- Loralynn -- to the world.

The Weeks family fled their home before the storm hit, days before Danielle Weeks' scheduled cesarean section. Although they evacuated, they did not go far -- a decision that may have spared the lives of the mother and the child.

PHOTO: Danielle Weeks, who evacuated her Port Aransas, Texas, home with her family during Hurricane Harvey, gave birth to daughter Loralynn Aug. 29, 2017. Courtesy William Weeks
Danielle Weeks, who evacuated her Port Aransas, Texas, home with her family during Hurricane Harvey, gave birth to daughter Loralynn Aug. 29, 2017.

William Weeks told ABC News that his family's decision to stay close to Corpus Christi was due to their local doctor telling Danielle Weeks that she could tear her cervix and begin hemorrhaging if they ventured any further and missed her scheduled C-section at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital.

"I could have lost my wife and also lost the baby," he said. "And that was pretty crazy news ... knowing that we [made] the right decision by staying and staying close to the hospital."

The hurricane flipped the Weeks' two-bedroom trailer on its side after it made landfall in Texas late Friday night, spilling most of its contents onto the land around it. William Weeks and his mother, Beth Campbell, headed to his home Wednesday to assess the damage and meet with a FEMA representative. He was still wearing his hospital wristband from the day before.

"All sides are just demolished," William Weeks said.

PHOTO: Port Aransas resident William Weeks became emotional while assessing the damage at his home, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. ABC News
Port Aransas resident William Weeks became emotional while assessing the damage at his home, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

Neighbors had to use a chainsaw to cut a hole in the roof of the trailer in order to gain access inside. William Weeks cried as he peeked into his former home for the first time and surveyed the destruction. The family's belongings, including toys and clothing, littered the ground surrounding their home.

"It's just hard," he said.

William Weeks and Campbell searched for belongings around the home that they could salvage. Campbell found the dress she bought her 5-year-old granddaughter, Annabella Weeks, for her first day of school. Campbell had bought the dress with an embroidered anchor because the family had just moved to the seaside town, she said.

"So, maybe we'll be able to wash it and save it," she said. "It's just dirty. It might not be ruined. ... I feel lucky that I found it."

PHOTO: Weeks mother will attempt to salvage the blue dress Annabella wore on her first day of school Weeks Family|ABC News
Weeks' mother will attempt to salvage the blue dress Annabella wore on her first day of school

William Weeks became emotional as his mother showed him the dress.

"We're saving that for sure," he said.

As William Weeks and Campbell explored the home, an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety approached to congratulate him on his newborn daughter. He then gave William Weeks a Texas flag, instructing him to stay "Texas Strong."

PHOTO: A Texas Department of Public Safety officer gave Port Aransas resident William Weeks a Texas flag. ABC News
A Texas Department of Public Safety officer gave Port Aransas resident William Weeks a Texas flag.

William Weeks then put the flag on the stroller holding the belongings he intends to keep.

William Weeks said the local community has been donating children's clothes and diapers.

"We're very blessed," he said. "We've got a good community."

         
              
                     
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Port Aransas endured significant damage as a result of the hurricane. The family said they would like to return, but it's expected to take two years to rebuild.

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