OREM, Utah (News4Utah) – A family with Utah ties displaced by the Kilauea eruption is now back in Utah, after friends and strangers pooled money to move them to the mainland.
Anna Gilmore and five of her seven children moved back in with her mother in Orem. She said while it’s hard being displaced and watching the disaster unfold in Hawaii, she is grateful people came together to help.
Her husband and two older children are still on the Big Island as they put their affairs in order. The family had to move from their rental home a few weeks ago because of the volcano’s threat. The street to her home has been blocked off, Gilmore said.
“You hear thunder from explosions from fissure 17…it’s at night…the sky is glowing red…and you hear thunder and crashes like bombs,” described Gilmore. “It’s like you’re in a war zone.”
Last week, News4Utah spoke with Gilmore’s sister Laura Cole, who was working hard to raise funds to help bring Gilmore and some of her kids back to Utah. The GoFundMe she made raised $3,000 to do so.
Gilmore said she’s unsure how long she and her kids will be in Utah. She is pursuing a career as a midwife and wanted to continue her studies. Her husband and two children that stayed on the island have not decided if they will join the rest of the family in Utah. Gilmore said right now, their plans are very uncertain.
She said she hopes to return to the island as soon as possible. She said her husband is currently looking for land on the island on which to build a new home.