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Ysengsong woman returns to typhoon devastation

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 4:39 PM +10:00 Updated:

A mother's love kept one  woman buckled down in her wood and tin home in Dededo on Monday.

Mother nature, however, had different plans.

Two bedroom, a kitchen and a living room is how Redina Perez described her home in Ysengsong. Or at least, that's what used to be.

Perez arrived home on Tuesday morning devastated. The wood and tin home, now a pile on the property, left the woman in tears.

“And I didn't have a roof over my head,” Perez said.

The mother of six used to live in a homeless shelter.

In 2011, she received this Dededo lot from the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and made a home for her and her three youngest children, ages 5, 8, and 14.

She told KUAM she refused to leave the house at first.

This is where her son, Richard, passed away earlier this year.

“I just lost my son, and U was taking down his pictures and something told me mom, you'll be safe,” Perez said. “I'll be here with you. And stay where he was at.”

At the onset of Typhoon Mangkhut's closest approach to the island, she finally knew she had to abandon the property.

By then, her closest shelter was full.

“The shelter was on a waiting list at Maria Ulloa so I had no place but my vehicle,” Perez said.

She spent the night parked in her Nissan Versa, a “rocking boat.”

“I was in there and it was raining hard,” Perez said. “Dark. Pitch dark. And trying to charge my phone and trying to get service and thinking of my kids because it's like I don't know what to expect.”

Her shelter - for now - is this tent.

“This tent was just put up like an hour ago and they didn't care about their place,” Perez said. “They just came down and put up a tent for me. John and Lisa, they're friends. Good friends, like family now. Like wow. I didn't expect them to come down and leave their own tin house and come to me.”

For now, she is waiting on word for what to do next.

“I don't know,” she said. “I'm kind of praying. I am praying and hoping for the best. And i ask for assistance and help, whoever is out there to help. Put something up for me and my three kids.”

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said hundreds in the village are in a similar situation as Perez. These residents were encouraged to sign up at the Astumbo Gym to put their name on a list to get help.

Though FEMA officials are on island, they will take the lead from Gov. Eddie Calvo who must make his assessment first.

 

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