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(HOUSTON) — An elderly couple from Texas is trying to locate a pair of Jet Ski-riding heroes who helped them to escape from their flooded home in north Houston earlier this week.

The couple, Karen and J.C. Spencer, said they were OK for the first couple of days of Hurricane Harvey, but things took a turn for the worse on Monday when their home began to fill with water.

J.C. Spencer called the local Chick-fil-A, where the couple are regulars, and the manager sent a boat to help evacuate them. But with limited space, the two were forced to leave many of their possessions behind.

“We had to get out of there, so I called Chick-fil-A. Now, that sounds kind of funny,” J.C. Spencer said in an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday. “I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat. And can you believe that one of the managers of Chick-fil-A — she sent her husband to pick us up? And we are so grateful.”

The couple said they were in the process of figuring out which of their most-prized possessions could fit onto the small rescue boat when the Jet Ski riders showed up and offered to take the couple to higher ground.

“Karen jumped on the back of a Jet Ski and I jumped on the back of another one, and they evacuated us to higher ground,” J.C. said.

“I can’t believe I’m leaving my flooded house in a Jet Ski,” Karen told ABC News in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“Oh well, here we go,” she said, recalling the moment when she boarded the Jet Ski.

They did not get the names of the strangers who helped them, but they said they are extremely thankful.

The couple had returned to their home on Tuesday because J.C. had forgotten his wallet and wedding ring.

“I couldn’t save my house, but I have to save my marriage,” J.C. joked.

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