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Emotional reunion for Vero Beach residents with family in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

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Emotional reunion for Vero Beach residents with family in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas (CBS12)

Agonizing days went by before Vero Beach resident Roscoe Edden heard from his 72-year-old mom who lived on the hurricane-ravaged islands of the Bahamas.

"We were crying and then I tried calling in the middle of everything and nothing was working," said Roscoe's wife Marlene Edden. "When I saw the rising water and pictures that were coming in, 'I thought OK, she can't swim, where is she?'"

Not able to sleep, Marlene tried contacting her mother-in-law several times during the storm.

Then she and her family heard the 72-year-old had made it to safe grounds.

"I was excited to hear that," Marlene said. "I was relieved."

Knowing her mother-in-law was safe, Marlene set up travel arrangements with Missionary Flights International. The non-profit flight organization flew the 72-year-old from the Bahamas to the Treasure Coast International Airport in Fort Pierce. The Vero Beach family packed their passenger van and headed to the airport.

Pacing back and forth, Marlene and Roscoe Edden waited anxiously for her arrival.

With cellphone cameras recording, a blue aircraft made its way down the runway and toward the terminal that was lined with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers.

The Edden's started jumping with excitement.

"She's here. She's here."

That was chant heard as the Edden's embraced each other while glancing through a gated-area of the airport.

Tears that were once shed in sorrow, were shed in excitement.

"Momma is now home."

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