Nun with chainsaw helps clear debris from Irma in Miami

Nun with chainsaw helps with Irma cleanup
Posted at 6:43 AM, Sep 13, 2017

(CNN) - It’s not every day someone sees a nun with a chainsaw, but that’s what happened in Miami on Tuesday.

Police spotted Sister Margaret Ann, principal at Coleman F. Carroll High School, clearing debris left by Hurricane Irma. 

She told CNN's Erin Burnett that the road was blocked, and a driver spinning in the mud almost hit a wall.


"There was a need. I had the means, so I wanted to help out ... we had chainsaws sitting in a closet and they needed to be used," said Sister Margaret. 

An off-duty Miami-Dade officer drove by and spotted the nun's hard work and told her that other workers would remove the tree. 

However, Sister Margaret told the officer that it would take too long, and it needed to be done now. 

She said others helped her remove the tree and it was a good community-bonding moment.  

"I've been in education for more than 30 years, and we teach our students to do what you can to help other people, don't just think about yourselves, so that's what I wanted to do," said Sister Margret. 

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