Trapped by Hurricane Sandy, Las Vegas woman is finally home
A Las Vegas woman who found herself directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy is happy to be back at home this weekend.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas woman who found herself directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy is happy to be back at home this weekend.
After her flight home was cancelled, Maria Rita Velez found herself trapped in New York surrounded by the death and destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind.
Velez waited out the storm in her family's Staten Island home, receiving word in the middle of the night that her mother-in-law was trapped inside her quickly flooding house just a few blocks over.
After the storm passed, Velez emerged to find her neighborhood had been destroyed and many were left without electricity or running water for days. Some lost their homes, others lost their lives.
"It was like walking through a war zone. It looked like somebody threw a bomb in Midland beach and blew the whole place up," said Velez. "Walking into Zone A where many of the people had died in that zone, it was bad, and homes were still flooded the morning after."
After three canceled flights, Velez finally made it back to Las Vegas, and her family couldn't be happier.