Maplewood Woman Awaits Help in Anguilla After Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 06:06 PM

A Maplewood family is working tirelessly to get help for their mother stranded in Anguilla, after Hurricane Irma ravaged the small island last week.

Heather Strachota said her mother, Debora Dredecky, was supposed to fly back to Minneapolis Sunday after a weeklong vacation. Instead, the family has no idea when she'll be able to get off the island or get much needed supplies.


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After Hurricane Irma hit, the island faced more wind and rain from Hurricane Jose. Four days later, Debora's family said she's still stuck in a a hotel with no electricity and 12 other people who are left sharing one phone and a shrinking supply of food and water.

"After seeing the island, she just said it's like they're living in a nightmare," Strachota said. "The condition of the island, they have no food, the grocery stores were closed, there's no employees at this hotel to assist them and they have no one to reach out to."

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Strachota said she contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, a U.S. Embassy, police in Anguilla and even other countries. None of them, she said, were able to provide any help. With the iconic airport in nearby St. Martin badly damaged, Strachota fears it could be weeks before her mother can return to Maplewood.


Tyler Berg

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