Volcanic activity forces Milwaukee area natives from Hawaii home

Posted at 4:41 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 18:28:45-04

Milwaukee area natives have been forced to evacuate their now Hawaiian home, due to a volcanic eruption.

The Breitwish Family of 5, says they are trying their best to maintain normalcy but they can only think of what they have left behind.

“The geysers are 230 feet up in the air. She shoots the lava up and creates the big cones. You could hear the popping, the crackling, the whistling, the exploding,” said Tammy Breitwish.

Tammy Breitwish says these moments are now burned in the minds of her family.

“It's hard to peel all your emotions apart and label them. They are just kind of all jumbled up. You’re nervous, You're scared. I have cried so many times since we have evacuated,” said Breitwish.

Three generations of their family have called this place home, moving from the Wisconsin cold to the Big Island sun. But what was once a paradise is now petrifying. 

“Just heartbreaking to look around at the house and think is the last time you are going to see your house and everything. This is your house, it’s all of your stuff,” said Breitwish.

In the midst of a spewing inferno, their home is still standing. But Breitwish fears, for how long? Their home is just feet from where the volcano splits the ground. Just as quickly as the lava and flames move, so do their thoughts.

“I don't think we will ever be able to go back to our house, the lava flow is four blocks from our house,” said Breitwish.

For now,  they are an hour away in a friend's home, checking a surveillance feed and maps, hoping that despite being told no end in sight, the beast will soon silence.

“I don't want to look at the lava flowing anymore,” said Breitwish.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe Page to help the family.