Springfield Friends Survive Hurricane Maria, but Stuck in Puerto Rico


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–A flight from Puerto Rico to the Ozarks is cancelled Friday for two Springfield friends. 

After surviving Hurricane Maria, it’s unknown when they’ll be able to fly back home. 

Amber Wright and Autumn Bellew are young mothers who took a trip to Puerto Rico for a birthday celebration. Now they’re anxious to return home to their children. 

Rushing winds and flooded streets was the gift from Hurricane Maria to Amber Bellew for her 21st birthday vacation.

“I can’t really complain about everything else cause I’m still here,” says Bellew.

Four days after arriving at the island, Autumn and her friend Amber took shelter from the hurricane on their hotel’s second floor. 

“We weren’t really allowed to see anything. They kept us confined in a room in a hallway, but it was a lot of wind after some windows and stuff busted out,” says Wright.

They’re no longer hunkered down and seeing the damage has been overwhelming.

“It’s just heartbreaking because this doesn’t happen in Springfield,” says Bellew.

“It’s kind of crazy, it looks like a war zone out here, really, but I don’t know, we’re just ready to go home to our babies,” says Wright.

A reality that is up in the air.

“Our flight has been cancelled for tomorrow so we’re kind of just waiting it out and seeing what’s going to happen,” says Wright. 

A small inconvenience in comparison to what the people of Puerto Rico are facing.

“Our hearts are kind of breaking for everyone here cause we get to go home and continue our lives and they have to rebuild theirs here,” says Wright. 

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