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& # 39; We felt very alone, & # 39; said Sissel Johnson, here with her husband George, Monday outside of Freeport & Rand's Hospital, where her mother was in intensive care awaiting evacuation to Fort Lauderdale. & # 39; The flood was at least 20 feet high. It looked like a tsunami, a wall of water approaching us & # 39;
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A Bahamian farmer and his wife talked about how they endured Hurricane Dorian for three days in an attic with his elderly mother-in-law hanging above flood waters in improvised armor, while the storm destroyed their 25-hectare estate and one of their employees and flushed more than 100 of their farm animals away.

Organic farmers George and Sissel Johnson had to act quickly when Sissel's mother Virginia Mosvold, 84, was unable to climb through a ceiling tile to safety, causing George to create an improvised armor of cable television wires to float her in the rising water.

The next 72 hours the three waited for the gruesome storm just two jugs of water and a loaf of bread while they listened to the hurricane destroyed the land where the Johnsons grew some of the only fresh produce on the Caribbean island and kept horses, goats, donkeys, cows, rabbits, peacocks, turkeys and chickens.

And although their animals were swept away one by one in the biblical floods of the storm and drowned, and their beloved Ol & Freetown Farm in Freeport, the Bahamas were left decimated, the family survived.

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But Sissel exclusively told DailyMail.com that they all thought their last hour on earth had arrived.

& # 39; We felt very alone, & # 39; Sissel said Monday outside Freeport & # 39; s Rand Memorial Hospital, where her mother was in intensive care awaiting evacuation to Fort Lauderdale. & # 39; The flood was at least 20 feet high. It looked like a tsunami, a wall of water approaching us. & # 39;

& # 39; We felt very alone, & # 39; said Sissel Johnson, here with her husband George, Monday outside of Freeport & Rand's Hospital, where her mother was in intensive care awaiting evacuation to Fort Lauderdale. & # 39; The flood was at least 20 feet high. It looked like a tsunami, a wall of water approaching us & # 39;

& # 39; We felt very alone, & # 39; said Sissel Johnson, here with her husband George, Monday outside of Freeport & Rand's Hospital, where her mother was in intensive care awaiting evacuation to Fort Lauderdale. & # 39; The flood was at least 20 feet high. It looked like a tsunami, a wall of water approaching us & # 39;

Organic farmers George and Sissel Johnson spent 72 hours in their attic waiting for Hurricane Dorian when it destroyed their Ol & Freetown Farm property in Freeport, Bahamas. Sissel & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold, 84, was unable to climb to safety through a ceiling tile, causing George to create an improvised armor of cable TV wires to float her into the rising water. Pictured: Sissel Johnson & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold is transported to the hospital after rescue

Organic farmers George and Sissel Johnson spent 72 hours in their attic waiting for Hurricane Dorian when it destroyed their Ol & Freetown Farm property in Freeport, Bahamas. Sissel & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold, 84, was unable to climb to safety through a ceiling tile, causing George to create an improvised armor of cable TV wires to float her into the rising water. Pictured: Sissel Johnson & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold is transported to the hospital after rescue

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Organic farmers George and Sissel Johnson spent 72 hours in their attic waiting for Hurricane Dorian when it destroyed their Ol & Freetown Farm property in Freeport, Bahamas. Sissel & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold, 84, was unable to climb to safety through a ceiling tile, causing George to create an improvised armor of cable TV wires to float her into the rising water. Pictured: Sissel Johnson & # 39; s mother Virginia Mosvold is transported to the hospital after rescue

George told DailyMail.com exclusively that his family would all be dead if he hadn't gone out with a flashlight and saw a wall of water coming to their house - hitting the ceiling quickly to get to safety. Pictured: the ceiling where the Johnsons broke through to find shelter during the storm

George told DailyMail.com exclusively that his family would all be dead if he hadn't gone out with a flashlight and saw a wall of water coming to their house - hitting the ceiling quickly to get to safety. Pictured: the ceiling where the Johnsons broke through to find shelter during the storm

George told DailyMail.com exclusively that his family would all be dead if he hadn't gone out with a flashlight and saw a wall of water coming to their house – hitting the ceiling quickly to get to safety. Pictured: the ceiling where the Johnsons broke through to find shelter during the storm

The family waited for the hurricane with just two jugs of water and bread while listening to the hurricane that destroyed their 25-acre farm. When the family finally appeared, they discovered that more than 100 of their farm animals, including horses, goats, donkeys, cows, rabbits, peacocks, turkeys and chickens, had drowned or been swept away

The family waited for the hurricane with just two jugs of water and bread while listening to the hurricane that destroyed their 25-acre farm. When the family finally appeared, they discovered that more than 100 of their farm animals, including horses, goats, donkeys, cows, rabbits, peacocks, turkeys and chickens, had drowned or been swept away

The family waited for the hurricane with just two jugs of water and bread while listening to the hurricane that destroyed their 25-acre farm. When the family finally appeared, they discovered that more than 100 of their farm animals, including horses, goats, donkeys, cows, rabbits, peacocks, turkeys and chickens, had drowned or been swept away

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The body of Normandy, a large horse, lay on the floor of his barn as if trying to get out. The carcass cracked open after six days in the heat and exposed its inside

The creepy silence on the farm was only disturbed by the rustling of dead grass underfoot. The stench of death caused by the decaying corpses of animals hung heavily in the air

The creepy silence on the farm was only disturbed by the rustling of dead grass underfoot. The stench of death caused by the decaying corpses of animals hung heavily in the air

The creepy silence on the farm was only disturbed by the rustling of dead grass underfoot. The stench of death caused by the decaying corpses of animals hung heavily in the air

They looked like demented holiday ornaments and several chickens hung lifelessly in a tree after they got stuck in branches while they were looking for higher areas. Pictured: a bird is dead in its cage

They looked like demented holiday ornaments and several chickens hung lifelessly in a tree after they got stuck in branches while they were looking for higher areas. Pictured: a bird is dead in its cage

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They looked like demented holiday ornaments and several chickens hung lifelessly in a tree after they got stuck in branches as they searched for higher ground. Pictured: a bird is dead in its cage

Tragically, one of Johnson's farmhand, a man named Kenel, drowned in his groom's rooms in the horse bar. He was with the operation for eight years.

& # 39; He must have slept when the wave came, & # 39; said Sissel. & # 39; We found him in his bed when the water went down. & # 39;

Sandwiched between the ocean and Lucayan National Park, Ol & Freeport Farm was opened in the late 2000s on the premise that Bahamians were tired of eating low-quality imported foods, and that tourists would make eco-trips on the grounds and horses would ride on pristine golden beaches.

Despite the rocky soil, the farm quickly became the largest local food producer and created an abundance of eggs, seasonal fruits and vegetables such as string beans, spinach, breadfruit and avocados.

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To distribute her products, Sissel founded her own farmers' market, where she usually sold from all the organically grown products that she and smaller farmers brought.

Tourists from giant cruise ships docked in Freeport also came. They rode the horses and stroked her rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs, sheep, calves and other animals.

All this has now disappeared and Sissel and her mother evacuated to the United States at the end of Monday.

Man George is planning to join his family in America, 40 miles across the sea, but he has not yet been able to board a plane.

& # 39; The financial loss is huge, & # 39; said 51-year-old Sissel. & # 39; Probably more than $ 2 million. & # 39;

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DailyMail.com toured the abandoned farm this week.

DailyMail.com toured the abandoned farm this week. In the now homeless storage shed the grains and the animal feed were filled the day before and the space was replaced by a thin salt film of salt dirt and thousands of shredded pieces of tree trunks. Closed animal cages are scattered throughout the farm

DailyMail.com toured the abandoned farm this week. In the now homeless storage shed the grains and the animal feed were filled the day before and the space was replaced by a thin salt film of salt dirt and thousands of shredded pieces of tree trunks. Closed animal cages are scattered throughout the farm

DailyMail.com toured the abandoned farm this week. In the now homeless storage shed the grains and the animal feed were filled the day before and the space was replaced by a thin salt film of salt dirt and thousands of shredded pieces of tree trunks. Closed animal cages are scattered throughout the farm

The decaying body of a dead horse is located at the entrance of a stable where closed cages are sown

The decaying body of a dead horse is located at the entrance of a stable where closed cages are sown

The decaying body of a dead horse is located at the entrance of a stable where closed cages are sown

Closed animal cages are scattered over the destroyed farmland
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Closed animal cages are scattered over the destroyed farmland

Closed animal cages are scattered over the destroyed farmland,

Closed animal cages are scattered over the destroyed farmland,

Locked animal cages are scattered over the destroyed farmland, while farm animals are dead in the neighborhood

Mutilated bodies of birds that could not flee their cages were dead dead in the middle of a pile of debris through which the storm had been swept

Mutilated bodies of birds that could not flee their cages were dead dead in the middle of a pile of debris through which the storm had been swept

Mutilated bodies of birds that could not flee their cages were dead dead in the middle of a pile of debris through which the storm had been swept

Romeo is the name of one of the horses who died in Hurricane Dorian at Ol Freetown Farm
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Romeo is the name of one of the horses who died in Hurricane Dorian at Ol Freetown Farm

Romeo is the name of one of the horses who died in Hurricane Dorian at Ol Freetown Farm

To reach the property about 20 miles from Freeport, reporters drove through entire forests where, just as with a nuclear explosion, pine trees were broken in two by wind and whole sections of the dual carriageway were shredded to pieces the size of a table and blown up locks

To reach the property about 20 miles from Freeport, reporters drove through entire forests where, just as with a nuclear explosion, pine trees were broken in two by wind and whole sections of the dual carriageway were shredded to pieces the size of a table and blown up locks

To reach the property about 20 miles from Freeport, reporters drove through entire forests where, just as with a nuclear explosion, pine trees were broken in two by wind and whole sections of the dual carriageway were shredded to pieces the size of a table and blown up locks

To reach the property about 20 miles from Freeport, reporters drove through entire forests where, just as with a nuclear explosion, pine trees were broken in two by wind and whole sections of the dual carriageway were shredded to pieces the size of a table and blown up locks.

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Miles after miles of electrical wires, some of them still live, littered the road.

Like ghosts, residents whose modest homes were leveled, helplessly walked along the road as passersby passed by to hand over water bottles and toilet paper.

The creepy silence on the farm was only disturbed by the rustling of dead grass underfoot.

The stench of death caused by the decaying corpses of animals hung heavily in the air.

The body of Normandy, a large horse, lay on the floor of his barn as if trying to get out. The carcass cracked open after six days in the heat and exposed its inside.

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Another pony, Romeo, drowned in his stable.

They looked like demented holiday ornaments and several chickens hung lifelessly in a tree after they got stuck in branches while they were looking for higher areas.

In the now homeless storage shed the grains and the animal feed were filled the day before and the space was replaced by a thin salt film of salt dirt and thousands of shredded pieces of tree trunks.

The workers' cottage was completely stripped, the bedroom and kitchen barely recognizable filled with three feet of mud. Flood residues spread the stripped bare roof at least 15 feet from the ground.

The farm has now disappeared and Sissel and her mother Virginia (pictured Wednesday) evacuated to the United States at the end of Monday. Man George is planning to join his family in America, 40 miles across the sea, but he has not yet been able to board a plane. & # 39; The financial loss is huge, & # 39; said 51-year-old Sissel. & # 39; Probably more than $ 2 million & # 39;

The farm has now disappeared and Sissel and her mother Virginia (pictured Wednesday) evacuated to the United States at the end of Monday. Man George is planning to join his family in America, 40 miles across the sea, but he has not yet been able to board a plane. & # 39; The financial loss is huge, & # 39; said 51-year-old Sissel. & # 39; Probably more than $ 2 million & # 39;

The farm has now disappeared and Sissel and her mother Virginia (pictured Wednesday) evacuated to the United States at the end of Monday. Man George is planning to join his family in America, 40 miles across the sea, but he has not yet been able to board a plane. & # 39; The financial loss is huge, & # 39; said 51-year-old Sissel. & # 39; Probably more than $ 2 million & # 39;

Sissel told DailyMail.com that her dream to thwart the farm paradise was interrupted. & # 39; The salt water has flooded everything, so we can't grow for a while. It is a total loss. I think we're done. & # 39; Pictured: Sissel hugs a volunteer who helped rescue her mother from their flooded home

Sissel told DailyMail.com that her dream to thwart the farm paradise was interrupted. & # 39; The salt water has flooded everything, so we can't grow for a while. It is a total loss. I think we're done. & # 39; Pictured: Sissel hugs a volunteer who helped rescue her mother from their flooded home

Sissel told DailyMail.com that her dream to thwart the farm paradise was interrupted. & # 39; The salt water has flooded everything, so we can't grow for a while. It is a total loss. I think we're done. & # 39; Pictured: Sissel hugs a volunteer who helped rescue her mother from their flooded home

The worst of the storm, George Johnson said, is that it came in the dark. & # 39; The electricity was disconnected & he said in an exclusive interview, & # 39; so we were in total darkness and had no idea what was happening around us. There was a lot of wind and we knew there would be damage, but we were inside the house. It is fairly new and really solid & # 39;

The worst of the storm, George Johnson said, is that it came in the dark. & # 39; The electricity was disconnected & he said in an exclusive interview, & # 39; so we were in total darkness and had no idea what was happening around us. There was a lot of wind and we knew there would be damage, but we were inside the house. It is fairly new and really solid & # 39;

The worst of the storm, George Johnson said, is that it came in the dark. & # 39; The electricity was disconnected & he said in an exclusive interview, & # 39; so we were in total darkness and had no idea what was happening around us. There was a lot of wind and we knew there would be damage, but we were inside the house. It is fairly new and really solid & # 39;

At one point, Sissel said, the fridge floated up. She opened the door and had just enough time to get two jugs of a gallon of water and a loaf of bread before the flood took out the fridge. Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament

At one point, Sissel said, the fridge floated up. She opened the door and had just enough time to get two jugs of a gallon of water and a loaf of bread before the flood took out the fridge. Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament

At one point, Sissel said, the fridge floated up. She opened the door and had just enough time to get two jugs of a gallon of water and a loaf of bread before the flood took out the fridge. Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament

At the yellow main building where the Johnsons were in the attic, old family photos and film negatives were scattered throughout the garden. A handful of long tree trunks blocked the entrance to the front door

At the yellow main building where the Johnsons were in the attic, old family photos and film negatives were scattered throughout the garden. A handful of long tree trunks blocked the entrance to the front door

At the yellow main building where the Johnsons were in the attic, old family photos and film negatives were scattered throughout the garden. A handful of long tree trunks blocked the entrance to the front door

At one point, George said he felt it was not going well and he decided to go outside with a flashlight. In the slender ray of light, he saw a wall of water pushed to the house by the barometric pressure. & # 39; If I didn't see that, we would all be dead, & # 39; he said

At one point, George said he felt it was not going well and he decided to go outside with a flashlight. In the slender ray of light, he saw a wall of water pushed to the house by the barometric pressure. & # 39; If I didn't see that, we would all be dead, & # 39; he said

At one point, George said he felt it was not going well and he decided to go outside with a flashlight. In the slender ray of light, he saw a wall of water pushed to the house by the barometric pressure. & # 39; If I didn't see that, we would all be dead, & # 39; he said

Weathered family photos that miraculously survived Hurricane Dorian are scattered among the ruins of the Johnsons house

Weathered family photos that miraculously survived Hurricane Dorian are scattered among the ruins of the Johnsons house

Weathered family photos that miraculously survived Hurricane Dorian are scattered among the ruins of the Johnsons house

Weathered family photos that miraculously survived Hurricane Dorian are scattered among the ruins of the Johnsons house

Weathered family photos that miraculously survived Hurricane Dorian are scattered among the ruins of the Johnsons house

Sissel said: & # 39; Pines floated through the house, entered the open front door, and followed the flow through the back door & # 39;

Sissel said: & # 39; Pines floated through the house, entered the open front door, and followed the flow through the back door & # 39;

Sissel said: & # 39; Pines floated through the house, entered the open front door, and followed the flow through the back door & # 39;

At the yellow main building where the Johnsons were in the attic, old family photos and film negatives were scattered throughout the garden. A handful of long tree trunks blocked the entrance to the front door.

The worst of the storm, George Johnson said, is that it came in the dark.

& # 39; The electricity was disconnected & he said in an exclusive interview, & # 39; so we were in total darkness and had no idea what was happening around us.

& # 39; There was a lot of wind and we knew there would be damage, but we were inside the house. It is fairly new and really solid. & # 39;

At one point, George said he felt it was not going well and he decided to go outside with a flashlight. In the slender ray of light, he saw a wall of water pushed to the house by the barometric pressure.

& # 39; If I didn't see that, we would all be dead, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But the doors and the widows resisted the pressure of the water for a few minutes and gave us some time & he said.

George, standing on a kitchen counter, said he punched a hole in the ceiling tiles and climbed into the attic. He and his wife made it.

Now that the water now flows through a back door into the house and finally reaches more than halfway up the 30-meter high ceiling, Sissel's elderly mother Virginia could come up on the counter, but could not be lifted.

Then the fast thinking George, 53, went to work.

Sandwiched between the ocean and Lucayan National Park, Ol & Freeport Farm was opened in the late 2000s on the premise that Bahamians were tired of eating low-quality imported foods, and that tourists would make eco-trips on the grounds and horses would ride on pristine golden beaches

Sandwiched between the ocean and Lucayan National Park, Ol & Freeport Farm was opened in the late 2000s on the premise that Bahamians were tired of eating low-quality imported foods, and that tourists would make eco-trips on the grounds and horses would ride on pristine golden beaches

Sandwiched between the ocean and Lucayan National Park, Ol & Freeport Farm was opened in the late 2000s on the premise that Bahamians were tired of eating low-quality imported foods, and that tourists would make eco-trips on the grounds and horses would ride on pristine golden beaches

Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament. When they could see through the hole in the kitchen ceiling, George said he was stranded in the middle of the ocean

Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament. When they could see through the hole in the kitchen ceiling, George said he was stranded in the middle of the ocean

Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament. When they could see through the hole in the kitchen ceiling, George said he was stranded in the middle of the ocean

& # 39; I think none of us slept for three days, & # 39; he said, adding that they had finally been evacuated to a friend's house in Freeport. & # 39; You couldn't do that. The wind sounded as if a freight train passed a few meters away & # 39;

& # 39; I think none of us slept for three days, & # 39; he said, adding that they had finally been evacuated to a friend's house in Freeport. & # 39; You couldn't do that. The wind sounded as if a freight train passed a few meters away & # 39;

& # 39; I think none of us slept for three days, & # 39; he said, adding that they had finally been evacuated to a friend's house in Freeport. & # 39; You couldn't do that. The wind sounded as if a freight train passed a few meters away & # 39;

Hurricane Dorian & # 39; s eruption through the Bahama & # 39; s last week killed at least 50 people, mostly on the badly hit Great Abaco Island, an official said Tuesday

Hurricane Dorian & # 39; s eruption through the Bahama & # 39; s last week killed at least 50 people, mostly on the badly hit Great Abaco Island, an official said Tuesday

Hurricane Dorian & # 39; s eruption through the Bahama & # 39; s last week killed at least 50 people, mostly on the badly hit Great Abaco Island, an official said Tuesday

& # 39; There were cables in the attic. Cable TV, I think. I just grabbed them from the attic and formed them in a circle like a rodeo rope and threw it around her. & # 39;

Elder Virginia, Ginny against her friends, hovered with the tide when epic floods prevented rescue efforts.

As the tide receded somewhat, Ginny stood or sat on the counter until the next tide came.

At one point, Sissel said, the fridge floated up. She opened the door and had just enough time to get two jugs of a gallon of water and a loaf of bread before the flood took out the fridge.

Because their aluminum roof has no windows, the Johnsons could not properly assess their predicament.

When they could see through the hole in the kitchen ceiling, George said he was stranded in the middle of the ocean.

& # 39; You could not see the buildings. The water reached above the trees. It was beautiful, & he said. & # 39; As if we were floating on a boat. & # 39;

& # 39; There were even white caps on top of the water, & # 39; Sissel added. & # 39; Pines floated through the house, entered the open front door, and followed the flow through the back door. & # 39;

George finally tied his mother-in-law's armor to a nail on the roof so that he didn't have to hold her.

Private forecasters estimate that about $ 3 billion worth of insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean

Private forecasters estimate that about $ 3 billion worth of insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean

Private forecasters estimate that about $ 3 billion worth of insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean

Evacuees, rescue workers and civil servants widely expect that the number of fatalities will rise higher as more bodies are pulled out of the rubble of a demolished neighborhood in Marsh Harbor in Abaco

Evacuees, rescue workers and civil servants widely expect that the number of fatalities will rise higher as more bodies are pulled out of the rubble of a demolished neighborhood in Marsh Harbor in Abaco

Evacuees, rescue workers and civil servants widely expect that the number of fatalities will rise higher as more bodies are pulled out of the rubble of a demolished neighborhood in Marsh Harbor in Abaco

Dorian nudged the Bahamas with winds of 200 miles per hour. It was one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the worst disaster in Bahamian history

Dorian nudged the Bahamas with winds of 200 miles per hour. It was one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the worst disaster in Bahamian history

Dorian nudged the Bahamas with winds of 200 miles per hour. It was one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the worst disaster in Bahamian history

Approximately 70,000 people needed food and shelter, the World Food Program estimates

Approximately 70,000 people needed food and shelter, the World Food Program estimates

Approximately 70,000 people needed food and shelter, the World Food Program estimates

& # 39; I think none of us slept for three days, & # 39; he said, adding that they had finally been evacuated to a friend's house in Freeport. & # 39; You couldn't do that. The wind sounded like a freight train that passed a few meters away.

& # 39; Some wind went into the gutters and sounded like music. In hurricane you usually get gusts of wind then it calms down. In this case there was no delay. Constant, endless wind. & # 39;

Sissel said her husband was capable of arranging pieces of cladding on an outer wall in letters that contained HELP.

She took the sign when rescuers finally came in the form of a heavy four-wheel drive vehicle on September 4.

Virginia was weak, bruised and suffered a clear infection in her legs, possibly due to floating in increasingly dirty water.

She was rushed to the local hospital and released on September 9, six days after her rescue, so that she and her daughter could be flown to Fort Lauderdale and checked into a hospital there.

She is in a stable condition, according to her son-in-law.

Sissel told DailyMail.com that her dream to thwart the farm paradise was interrupted.

& # 39; The salt water has flooded everything, so we can't grow for a while. It is a total loss. I think we're done. & # 39;

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