'The Chainsaw Nun' Is Becoming A Local Hero In Florida By Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma

"There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out."

When you think of a chainsaw-wielding worker, the last thing you probably imagine is a nun.

But for local residents recovering from Hurricane Irma in South Florida, the sight is becoming familiar. Sister Margaret Ann, a principal at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall, has been cutting up fallen trees along the roads and in people's yards since the hurricane hit.

"There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann told CNN.



"We teach our students: do what you can to help other people, don't think of yourselves," she said. "That's what I wanted to do."

Sister Margaret Ann has been in the education system for 30 years, and when she saw a tree blocking the road, she thought of the chainsaw inside the school closet. Without hesitation, she went to get it and got to work. Both CNN and the Miami-Dade Police Department came across the unusual image, and have since posted videos of her at work on Facebook and Twitter, each going viral.

She hasn't been the only volunteer to step up in the wake of Hurricane Irma hitting parts of Florida and islands in the Carribean. Puerto Ricans have been shuttling people from surrounding islands who lost their homes into the mainland on their personal boats. A Florida man gave a stranger a generator so she could continue giving her sick father oxygen. The Miami Herald has even given shelter to families of their reporters.

Sister Margaret Ann told CNN that her school has fallen trees on six of its 40 acres, the air conditioning is broken, and a wall was blown out, so she has no idea when the school will reopen. But she does know that Floridians will continue to work together to fix things.

"The community will come out and help us. That's what we do," she said. "It's good.


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