Chainsaw-Wielding Nun Removes Trees After Hurricane Irma

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September 13, 2017

A Catholic nun in Florida is going to work cleaning up the destruction that Hurricane Irma caused as it passed through with an unlikely tool: a chainsaw.

Sister Margaret Ann of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart, who is also principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami-Dade, was filmed by an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer going to work while wearing her habit to clear a tree that was blocking a road.

The Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted out the brief video and thanked everyone there for working together after the storm passed.

Sister Margaret Ann spoke with CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday after the video of her with the chainsaw went viral.

"There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann said.

The 30-year veteran of teaching said that it was also part of living up to what she taught her students.

"We teach our students: Do what you can to help other people, don't think of yourselves," Sister Margaret Ann said. "That's what I wanted to do."