BISMARCK, N.D. - Clean up efforts continue in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. North Dakota dispatched a 23-person emergency team as part of the relief effort.
Darci Grunett has spent the last week in the Florida Keys, but it's been anything but a tropical getaway.
"We're tired but not to a point where we are giving up and ready to go home. We're ready to stick it out as long as we're needed here being able to help these people,” said Grunett
The archipelago was ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Trees flattened. Buildings leveled. Darci is part of a 23-person team giving medical AID to those in the hardest hit areas. It's not all routine, as she describes one patient who tried to make friends with a reptile, but wound up wounded.
"He decided he wanted to catch a five foot, roughly five foot wild iguana and decided he wanted to hold it and pose for a picture. I've never had anybody who wanted to pose with a wild iguana. I've never had anybody who wanted to pose with a wild iguana before,” said Grunett.
During what little downtime she has, Darci continues to work, grading papers and answering emails for her students-- who are excited for her to come back and share her experiences
"We joke about it in class about Darci's story time and I think there's going to be a big increase in story time. But I think it's going to be a good experience for us to hear what she's been through and what she can bring back to us as students,” said Skyler Tibbs, one of Darci’s students.
Darci expects to be back in Bismarck on September 27. But until then, she has a message for her students
"Make sure your homework is turned in because even though I'm not there, I'm still checking,” Darci says as she chuckles.