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Byron woman's daughter stays in the Philippines for Peace Corps


BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- A nation currently caught in disaster and calamity, the Philippines is littered with the cherished items of many.

One Byron woman is among those who have something in that country which cannot be replaced.

Dee Rabehl has kept her eyes on Legazpi City for days, the Philippine city in which her daughter, Bryna is assigned for the Peace Corps.

"I was scared to death, and yeah she knew it was coming, she told me about it before I even knew it was happening," said Dee.

Bryna and the rest of her Peace Corps volunteers were evacuated to a hotel before the storm hit, but communicating has been difficult.

"All I heard from her is that they put the bars up on the hotel and so she could hear things hitting the window on the bars and she could hear you know strange noises like the whirring of sounds outside and she said it was just like someone was standing on top of the window with a bucket of water and just poured over the top," Dee said.

Although that image may sound horrifying to most, Dee says her daughter isn't going anywhere any time soon.

"She said I'm fine mom, she said you know I've got things to do here."

One thing is for certain, the typhoon has only pushed her daughter to continue the mission she went there to do.

"It has definitely invigorated her and made her dig her heels in even more and make sure she can help more people."

Bryna has been helping with hundreds of others at a center in Manila to put relief packages together for victims hit the hardest by Haiyan.

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