A former Cranbrook resident now living in Florida says his family experienced the worst Hurricane Irma had to offer.
Shawn Trimble was in Naples when the Category 5 storm hit last weekend.
He felt it was best for his family to stay in their home, but was forced to evacuate when the hurricane hit full force.
“It was almost moment by moment and you just have to deal with it. I’m from Cranbrook and I don’t have any experience being in a hurricane. You just watch it and you pray and do the best that you can to be safe,” Trimble says. “I’ve got kids and dogs and friends and family, so we just found a safe spot and sat there until the storm passed.”
Trimble says his family is OK, but the area has been devastated.
“We’re running out of gasoline, I bought a bunch of extra stuff being a Canadian and being as responsible as I can be, but the generators for their home run in gasoline,” Trimble says. “Some of the grocery stores are open, they are running on limited power and we’re just trying to stay cool as we can, but power and fuel are the big items that we are hoping to get restored as soon as possible.”
Trimble thinks it could take weeks for his community to clean up following flooding and wind damage to homes.
He has been in touch with family back in Cranbrook to let them know they are alright.
(Photo of Vance Trimble, Shawn’s son, sitting on a fallen roof from a neighbour’s condo in Naples, Florida following Hurricane Irma. Picture provided by Shawn Trimble)
– Shawn Trimble, former Cranbrook resident living in Florida
– Jeff Johnson