Kastilio, who was born and raised in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, left Long Island with her two sons, Yoachim, 4, and Ily, 2, while her husband stayed at home, trying to repair the damages caused by the superstorm.
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"Our house has been flooded… we managed to rescue only a few possessions and go up to our neighbors' house at the last minute. We had no water or electricity… houses were on fire, people were standing on roof tops," Kastilio told Yedioth Ahronoth. "It was a nightmare… at some point I decided enough was enough, we could not stay there with the kids. We managed to book flights to Israel with the help of our family."
However, that was not the end of their difficulties. Getting to the airport appeared to be a complicated task as well. "We waited in line for hours at the gas station. It was all a big mess; I can't imagine how much longer it will take to get life back on track," Kastilio added.
Meanwhile, Kastilio and her children are staying at her sister's home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, where they are facing danger of a totally different kind: "Although we are under the Qassam rocket threat, at least we have running water and electricity," she said, "Things might not be prefect around here, but at least life goes on."
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