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    A big crowd welcomed Cameron Johnson home at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Wednesday afternoon. (Published Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013)

    A Frisco family is relieved that a loved one is back from the Philippines.

    A big crowd welcomed Cameron Johnson home at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Wednesday afternoon.

    Johnson was just days from finishing his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tacloban when Typhoon Haiyan hit.

    He was in the mission office when the storm came through. It quickly flooded, with the water almost above his head. He and others headed for higher ground.

    "That was a very intense moment," Johnson said. "I am grateful we all made it there, as debris flying around and tin roofing."

    After finding shelter in a second-story building, they went back out in the middle of the storm to find the other missionaries. Homes were leveled. Streets were gone.

    Johnson helped as many people as he could.

    "We carried a lot of the missionaries, too," he said. "There is a couple that had cuts on their feet. We didn't want them to get infected."

    Three days later, they had located the more than 200 missionaries who were there. They walked to the airport, which was destroyed. An American soldier helped them get on a plane to Manila.

    "I am so happy to be here and to be with family again," Johnson said.

    Johnson, who begins college in January, said he will miss all of the people he met and the missionaries who worked with him.