Local Red Cross volunteer gives an update from Florida

Published: Sep. 22, 2017 at 9:01 AM CDT
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Jill Bjerke was up early Friday morning in Fort Myers. Bjerke has been there since Wednesday, September 13 responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

"More places are now starting to have electricity," Bjerke said. "Stores are starting to open that couldn't be open before."

She said the situation in Fort Myers is not as dire as it is in the Keys where volunteers were sleeping outside. It's been difficult to set up shelters there, too, because of a lack of electricity.

"We work 12-hour shifts," Bjerke said. "The number of trees, the vegetation down here really took a hard, hard hit."

Bjerke expects to be back in the Quad Cities next week.

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