FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ashley Garner had given up on reviewing her alliance.
She lost it outside her Fort Myers home just days before Hurricane Ian slammed into the southwest Florida coast last Wednesday. Although she enlisted her husband and three young children to help search their yard and garage for two days, there was no sign of the ring.
“I just accepted he was gone,” Garner said. “It was just one thing. He’s replaceable, and I just let him go. We knew the hurricane was coming, so we just said goodbye.
The family stayed home during the storm and came out to clean up as soon as it passed.
“We’re about 10 minutes into cleaning, and my husband is cleaning brush and trees right by the garage door,” Garner said. “There’s a pile of brush and trees, and he’s moving over a pile, and the ring was right there.
Garner said she couldn’t believe they found the ring. His neighborhood did not experience the destructive flooding that many parts of the state experienced. But 150mph winds left huge piles of trees and brush across the area.
“I just sat on the sidewalk, and prayed to God and thanked him for providing us and giving a sign that there is hope for the community,” Garner said.
Garner posted about the discovery of the ring on Facebook earlier this week.