Wigan fan’s hurricane nightmare

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A WIGAN Warriors fan was faced with a hellish week at work thanks to Hurricane Sandy which brought death and destruction to America.

John Foley of Philadelphia and his wife, Emily Plowman, who used to work at Wigan and Leigh College, were caught-up in the force of the hurricane which ripped through the North East coast of the US.

Mr Foley, who travelled 3,500 with Ms Plowman to see the Warriors lift the 2010 Super League title at Old Trafford, is a pharmacy team leader at the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia.

Mr Foley was working from the hospital the night the storm hit and said: “I’ve always been fascinated by weather events so to be part of the team responsible for co-ordinating a response within the pharmacy department was certainly an interesting change of pace.”

Ms Plowman was nearly caught-up in the 12,000 flights which were cancelled as a result of the storm as she was in Austin, Texas, on a weekend break but managed to make it back to Philadelphia before the city battened down the hatches by closing its major bridges and roads.

Once home she explained: “The first thing that people do is head to the supermarkets to buy non-perishable food and bottled water in case they lose power or they experience enough damage that their drinking water is not safe to drink.

“Most people get bread, eggs and milk but I live in a college town so all the chips and salsa were gone!”

Ms Plowman’s sister lives in Queens, New York, which bore the brunt of Sandy’s wrath as the city as brought to a halt for 36 hours.

Her husband, Patrick Wehley, Director of Office of City Legislative Affairs for New York, revealed that 800,000 people were left without power and said: “The city’s infrastructure, much of which was built a century ago, was no match for the storm surges.

“Tunnels used for transporting cars and trains are flooded and the water needs to be pumped out.

“A rail tunnel from Manhattan to New Jersey has five miles of water five feet deep.”