Missionaries from Farmington trapped in Belize following Hurricane Earl

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FARMINGTON, MO (KTVI) – A church group from Farmington, Missouri on a mission trip to Central America was recently caught in the middle of Hurricane Earl and remains stuck in Belize as that country recovers from the devastating storm.

Doug Smith, a member of First Assembly of God Church, said he and 13 other members stayed in their hotel rooms and watched the storm move in on TV until the TV cut out.

"It's an experience and everybody seems to be handling it well,” said Doug Smith.

Early Thursday morning, 80 mile per hour winds and heavy rains slammed the Central American country's coast.

Hurricane Earl left streets flooded, trees down, boats tossed inland blocking roads and widespread power outages.

Clean water and food is limited.

“Everyone just seems to be wondering around, lost,” Smith said of the locals.

Smith and his mission group are staying in a hotel that is running on a backup generator. Smith said many of the locals lost everything. Their homes are flooded and muddy.

“[We] spent several hours cleaning mud and water out of homes, trying to clean furniture,” he said.
“We're happy we’re here to help.”

They are scheduled to fly back on Saturday, but aren't sure that will happen.

The international airport in Belize was ordered closed until further notice.