After losing four homes to four separate hurricanes, Melanie Martinez knew to pack out when Isaac began barreling through her hometown of Braithwaite, La. But the lifelong resident’s truck broke down, leaving her and her family stranded, fighting for their lives and witnessing the destruction of their fifth house.

When Braithwaite was ordered to evacuate on Monday, Martinez tried fleeing with her husband and 74-year-old mother who relies on dialysis, the Guardian reports. But when the family’s vehicle wouldn’t start, the three raced to the attic for refuge, which was quickly flooded with water.

“We thought we were going to die in that house; the water was coming up so fast,” Martinez told the news outlet. “My husband used a hammer to put a hole in the roof but it broke. We used our hands and feet to punch the hole."

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    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, after salvaging items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez is watched by the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (L) and family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (C) and Kala Martinez salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez walks through the front yard as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Their previous home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez stands in the front yard as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (R) and other family members depart after salvaging items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (C) and Kala Martinez look on as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (R) looks on as Kala Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (R) and Eric DeSalvo salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez displays a fish she found in her flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Melanie has lost five homes to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez walks out of her flooded home in Plaquemines Parish, with the hole in the roof she was rescued from visible (TOP) on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Melanie has lost five homes to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez and her husband Philip salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Melanie has lost five homes to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, after salvaging items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (R) and Kala Martinez pull a boat they will use to salvage supplies in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez pauses while salvaging items in her flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez (R) looks on as Eric DeSalvo tosses a bag to Kala Martinez in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Melanie Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez walks through the front yard as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Their previous home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez stands in her front yard as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Their previous home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. Their previous home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez looks through a photo album as family members salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US Gulf Coast Copes With Aftermath Of Hurricane Isaac

    BRAITHWAITE, LA - SEPTEMBER 03: Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband Philip and here mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to find the cat today who survived six days without food at the house. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A concerned neighbor was able to break into the attic and save the three victims, Getty photographer Mario Tama reports. But the house -- which the A&E Channel recently remodeled with a $20,000 makeover -- simply couldn’t withstand the storm that has claimed at least seven lives, caused more than $2 billion in damage and left 125,000 people without power six days after it hit, according to Getty.

The mother of three, who has now lost her beloved abodes to Hurricanes Katrina, Betsy, Juan, George, Martinez -- and now Isaac -- told the Huffington Post that everything was destroyed by the most recent storm. She, and six family members, are now living in a one-bedroom apartment.

Yet, despite her heartbreaking losses, the school bus driver remains hopeful. She doesn't see herself as the "unluckiest" person out there and is even considering remaining in the only place she's ever called home.

"I been born and raised there," Martinez told the Huffington Post. "It's hard to leave. We got friends and family."

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