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Some still putting their lives back together from last storm

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There are still hundreds of people working to rebuild their lives after Typhoon Dolphin, just as yet another storm is brewing and heading toward the Marianas. For Lou and her family of five in Yigo, it has been one thing after another since her home was burglarized and burned to the ground last April.

"Really the saddest part here is that there's not fire extinguisher here," she said. "The closest one is over here at Q's Ranch." After her home was destroyed from the fire, she was issued a 20-x-30 canopy, ten chairs, and a folding table which she then used to try to begin rebuilding her life. But it wasn't long before disaster struck once again with Typhoon Dolphin.

During the typhoon, Lou's daughter watched over their makeshift home, while she and the grandchildren stayed in a hotel. By 6pm however, the home began blowing away, forcing the daughter to seek shelter with a friend. When they both returned, what little they had rebuilt was destroyed.

"The tent I was sleeping in it fell because the tarp on the top came off, so all our clothing got wet, so like I said, it's like starting from scratch again," she recalled. "I did fill out a form for American Red Cross or for whoever can help us, but just by listening to the 6 o'clock news, we're hearing that FEMA did give money, but only $200,000, maybe plus, and it's only for government - the government damage? What about us, the people of Guam?"

Lou said she took pictures of the damage and registered with the Yigo Mayor's Office, but was not given any assistance. She's managed to save enough to buy a new canopy and more tarps, but with Tropical Storm Chan-Hom brewing, she's worried of what might come next. "In the upcoming storm, I just wish that they can open up more shelters so people who have homes like me will be able to seek shelter," she said.

What used to be her two-bedroom home is now just a distant memory. "My husband and I our intention is we are trying to rebuild, like I said it's money costs so we're trying to save up so we can rebuild our place," she said.

But Lou isn't the only one as there were over 1,000 individuals displaced or left homeless from Typhoon Dolphin, including hundreds of children. Without federal assistance, nonprofits are some of the few resources available to help these families.

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