In Building No. 9 on Micro Street -- a four story apartment building overlooking the Supermercado Micro, a group of more than a dozen neighbors gathered to help each other through Ike's aftermath. Windows were blows out in the apartment building, as were several doors Zuliemy Garcia, 25, said in a phone interview.
The band of neighbors contributed rice, beans, ground meat for picadillo, and oil to heat a portable stove and are making due without any electricity- Garcia said it could be days before the electricity is restored.
"No one slept, we all stood together," Garcia said. "Thank God we are all fine now, so for now we're trying to make the most of it spending time at a neighbors apartment cooking for each other."
Garcia said Cuban officials have dropped off rations of milk and yogurt for residents. She added though the trees in her neighborhood have been knocked over, as well as street lamps, neighbors took to the streets to starte removing any rubble from the streets.
"Everyone is volunteering how they can -- some are cutting up the wood, some are taking out the trash, everyone is pitching in," Garcia said.
Still Ike's wrath through the town was enough to drive many neighbors to tears.
"When we looked out side and saw what happend to our city a lot of people were crying," Garcia said. "Did I cry? Of course not, I'm strong. It was just painful to see how much it distroyed."
LAURA FIGUEROA, The Miami Herald