Florida woman spends week in Green Bay during Hurricane Irma

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A south Florida woman, who has Wisconsin roots, evacuated the Sunshine State with her two daughters and flew to Green Bay while Hurricane Irma wrecked havoc on the East Coast. 

"I have two little girls and I called my mom, I said, 'I think this one really is the one, it's scary, we gotta get out." Katie Dasilva of Boca Raton said. "So I called my mom, I told her that I'm coming home with the girls and here we are in Green Bay."

Dasilva works as a hairstylist in both Boca Raton and Miami. She says both salons have water damage. 

A salon in Green Bay offered her a job, just in case she couldn't return home right away.

Her license as a hair stylist is for Florida, and wouldn't work in Wisconsin, but the outpouring of support comforted her while Irma left uncertainty back home. 

"People in Green Bay are so nice, very welcoming, they open their doors, very friendly here," she said. "That salon that said if by chance you need to work here, we'll gladly have you."

Dasilva will fly back to Boca Raton on Sunday. She says her apartment seems to be okay from what friends have told her.

"I won't know one hundred percent until I get back to assess everything," she said. "I had a couple people drive by, they said it seems like it's fine, but you don't know until you get home and actually see it for yourself."

Millions of people have been without power in Florida since Hurricane Irma hit, and many are expected to not have power for up to ten days. 

 


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