'Please Pray for Our Family': Parents Describe Harvey Evacuation With 5 Young Kids
Jeremiah and Audrey Johnston and their five children are among the thousands who were forced to evacuate their homes in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.
The Johnstons live in Fort Bend County, 30 miles west of downtown Houston, which is under a mandatory evacuation order as the nearby Brazos River is predicted to rise to 59 feet.
They are now sheltering at a hotel in Dallas with their children: Lily Faith, 8, Justin, 5, and 13-month-old triplets Abel, Ryder and Jaxson.
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Jeremiah said that they left their home on Monday and attempted to take five different evacuation routes, but all were impassable.
"At one point, we were driving southbound six miles on the northbound lanes of State Highway 99," he said. "I think it was the most difficult thing that we have ever faced in our life just to get out of Fort Bend County."
Audrey said it was terrifying when they realized they had to evacuate immediately, but they tried to stay as calm as possible so as not to scare the children more than they already were.
"I gave them a little grocery bag and said, 'Throw what you can in it, and we need to go.' And so just loading them up in the car, the fear, just watching them, it's really difficult as a mom," she said. "You protect your little babies. And to see them so scared and wondering what's going on, it's very, very hard."
Jeremiah said now they're just taking everything one day at a time, since it's unclear when they will be able to return home.
"Honestly, without our faith in God, I don't know how we could be doing this right now," he said. "We decided to allow this tragedy to really bring us closer, not rip us apart. And I can't say enough about my wife and her faith in God and her prayers for our family and really the protection. And we just ask all of the viewers to please pray for our family. We're just taking it a day at a time."
Read more about the Johnstons' evacuation story on FoxNews.com.