Texas Teens Help Rescue River Residence

Teens who may have trouble picking up their room have no problem tearing one down.

The sound of hammers echoed through Bud Dalhead's house along the Big Biloxi River Tuesday.

"We have a lot of fun together. We've just been having fun. The guys are having way too much fun knocking down walls," said a laughing Rachel McBride, one of the teen volunteers from Texas.

Breaking through boards and scooping up debris is all in a day's work for this Texas work team. Rachel Mcbride is your typical teenager.

"I like to sing. I play the guitar. I love to worship. That's just a little bit about me," she said, between trips to the debris pile.

Her South Mississippi trip has been a real eye opener.

"It's completely different coming and doing it. You don't really get a real taste of it until you actually come and do it for yourself and help for yourself and see the devastation," she explained.

Helping tear down devastation is a tangible way for the teens to give back.

"I just love to serve and this is just a great place to do it because the people can really use it. And I'm happy to help out," said Juddson Vance.

The river front home with the beautiful view took on more than just a little water during Katrina. It's hard to imagine just how high the water got. The elevated living quarters couldn't escape the water, which rose to about six feet deep in the living room.

The reality of the damage is starting to hit home. After a day of work, the teenagers reflect.

"Already we've been talking every night. We've been having our team meetings. And they're blown away. You see what's happened here and the devastation. And it makes you realize you take a lot of things for granted," said youth pastor, Chris Frith.

That's something the young visitors may do less so, when they finish the work here and return to Texas.

The teen work team is from Lakeshore Church in Rockwall, Texas near Dallas. They're staying with their host church, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Pass Christian.