Richmondites aid, endure Puerto Rico aftermath

Local couple endures ‘post-apocalyptic’ conditions

Devastation is evident in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Former Richmond resident Caleb Westbrook witnessed the damage while living on the island with his family. (Submitted photo)

By Leah Wankum/Richmond News Editor

Imagine a tornado three times the width of Ray County had devastated the community.

You might have several days’ worth of rations, but after the tornado hits, you have no running water, no power, no cell phone signal and no internet connection. The roads are impassable because of sinkholes, mudslides and flooding, to say nothing of the debris from trees, toppled buildings and people’s possessions strewn across the byways. You don’t know when your home will have power again or how you can communicate with your loved ones.

What do you do?

Richmond natives Caleb and Kaitlin Westbrook lived in such “post-apocalyptic conditions” after Puerto Rico, their new home, was ravaged last month by two hurricanes, Irma and Maria. Now safely – and temporarily – back in Richmond, they shared their story of survival, endurance and fortitude under strenuous circumstances.

The complete story is in the Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Richmond News.

Click here for our E-edition and read the rest of the story.

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