Theatrical Welwyn Garden City couple in limbo following Hurricane Irma
PUBLISHED: 13:40 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 11 September 2017
A Welwyn Garden City couple who are stranded in Turks and Caicos due to Hurricane Irma are using their time there to help locals who have lost everything.
Theatrical director and producer Helen Crosse, of Welwyn Garden City, is in limbo in Turks and Caicos with her two-year-old daughter and husband Mike Totton, who is playing the pantomime dame at this year’s panto at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City.
The family’s get-away turned into a nightmare after Hurricane Irma struck the islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 25 people.
The family are hoping to be able to fly home soon but are unsure of when the airport will reopen.
Helen told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s very upsetting seeing the destruction everywhere.
“It’s pretty bad and that’s just in the resort.
“The resort are amazing and have already cleared up a lot.”
Helen took a walk outside the resort yesterday morning but couldn’t get far because of the debris.
She said: “I wanted to see if there was anything I could do but you really need a car to get to areas that really need help.
“I stopped at two houses which looked like they’d been hit badly and gave them water, cereal and more which I’d taken from the resort.
“One woman had everything they owned outside trying to dry as they’d been flooded so badly.”