Wisconsin families stranded in Peru told to 'hang tight'

Posted at 11:28 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 12:28:53-04

PERU — Despite assurances from both U.S. Senators from Wisconsin that they are appealing to the State Department for help, some local families are still stranded in South America.

Mark and Maggie Sprague, as well as five others from the Milwaukee and Madison area, have been stranded in Peru since that country abruptly shut its borders last week.

The pictures included show the blocks long line outside the airport in Cusco. The group spent Saturday trying to get a flight out of the country to anywhere, in hopes of hopping then on a flight back to the U.S.

They have been in communication with Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.

Mark reports this morning, "We received an email claiming there was a flight coming into Lima today and that those in Cusco should just hang tight."

For this group, hanging tight means hunkering down in a hotel with dwindling supplies and services, seeking out "underground" restaurant operations that are still willing to stay open, and hoping for a way home soon.

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