Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News
Texans stranded on the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy arrived at DFW Airport on the first flights from LaGuardia Airport Thursday.
Some travelers stranded in the Northeast by Hurricane Sandy headed home Thursday as LaGuardia Airport reopened.
Amy Plum and her children were the among the first passengers to arrive at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
"Everybody on the plane was happy to be on the plane," she said.
The family visiting from Connecticut was supposed to fly down on Monday.
"There were huge trees down, and it took a full day for us to be able to get out of our driveway and even into our town," Plum said.
The storm's fury left a path of the devastation, crippling New York City's infrastructure.
High waters swallowed runways and taxiways at LaGuardia Airport. The airport shut down on Sunday, leading to the cancellation of more than 3,500 flights.
"That was very surprising for LaGuardia to flood," Plum said. "You don't ever hear that happening. But it was just a matter of waiting until everything opened back up."
For the past two days, crews worked around the clock pumping thousands of gallons of floodwater from the airport into the East River.
The airport reopened Thursday morning, a relief for Katherine Sbaiti, of North Dallas. She and her daughter were on the second flight to land at DFW Airport.
"[It's] good because I'm home," Sbaiti said.
Airport officials said operations would be back to normal by Friday.