Woman stranded in Milwaukee hoping to return to East Coast soon

CREATED Oct. 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- As Superstorm Sandy begins to loosen its grip the new battle will be getting back home after getting stuck in Milwaukee.

Soon won't be soon enough for Saranah Holmes.  Flights to the East Coast from Milwaukee have been canceled for three days.

Holmes has been stranded in Milwaukee since Sunday and is hoping to get home Wednesday.

She was returning from San Francisco to her home in Washington D.C. Sunday with a layover in Milwaukee.  That's when the airline told her the storm had canceled her flight. 

"She said that they don't pay for a hotel because it's an act of God but they have these vouchers," said Holmes.

The voucher allowed her to get a discount at the Clarion Hotel across from the airport.  She thought she'd be there one night, it's now been three.

Holmes thought about jumping on a train to D.C. but was told it was a 25-hour trip on Amtrak.

She even thought about taking a Greyhound bus, that was a 20-hour trip.

And there was the offer from a nice stranger to drive to D.C.

"There was a guy who got off the plane with me who was going to drive and he wanted to know if I wanted to go in with him, but at the time it seemed crazy and now it seems like I should have done it," said Holmes.

She's trying to put it all in perspective now that she has a seat to D.C. on Wednesday.

"This is really small compared to what people in New Jersey and New York are dealing, so I don't want to complain."