Farm owners in Davie, Cooper City need help clearing debris from Hurricane Ian

COOPER CITY, Fla. – When gangs from Hurricane Ian came through and brought tornadoes to a part of Broward County, it caused major damage, especially to small farms in the area.

A week later, some places are still being cleaned up.

Mandy Restrepo runs Hidden Gem Stables in Davie and shares land with Happi Farm, both of which were badly damaged.

“It looked like a war zone, but I was able to get through and make sure all the horses were good,” Restrepo said.

It was a similar scene at Cooper City’s Fragata Family Farm, where Local 10 News spotted their animals searching for any dry ground they could find.

“It’s sad to see them on a square foot of land trying to find a place and being content,” said Leysi Espinel of Fragata Family Farm.

Espinel said the sight broke her heart, and both she and Restrepo said they’ve spent every day doing whatever they can to clean up since.

Now both say they only need one thing from their community to fully return to normal: extra hands.

“Really, volunteers are the greatest thing to rebuild,” Espinel said.

“What we need are hands,” Restrepo added. “Hands on to see if they can help move the debris forward because no one can help clear it off the property.”

What they all said to Local 10 News was that they know their damage doesn’t even measure up to the devastation on the west coast, but what they need are volunteers, hands, people to help them clean up some of it the debris out and away from their properties.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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