Three Weeks After Deadly Tornado, Progress Made In Moore

Sunday, June 9th 2013, 10:33 pm
By: News 9

Monday marks three weeks since a deadly EF-5 tornado swept through Moore, and the city's mayor tells News 9 a lot of progress has been made in that time.

Twenty-three thousand tons of debris have been picked up across the city so far. Many homes have already been bull-dozed.

Piles of trash used to be everywhere, and now, heaps of debris line curbs in many Moore  neighborhood. The owners of home just off Telephone Road had to make the very difficult decision like many will, to soon have their home bull-dozed.

Bill and Andrea Campbell have called this home since 1977, and come Monday morning, what's left of it will be gone.

"It's difficult because the house, you know having built it, and raised families here and all of that, the house itself became a member of the family. It was a home not just a building," said Bill.

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Like the Campbell family, many Moore residents are still in recovery mode weeks after the deadly EF-5 tornado tore through the city. The resource center set up at Westmoore High School still sees hundreds of victims in need daily.

"They had Plan A. They had savings. But it's two weeks, three weeks down the line, and that plan is running out," said Red Cross case worker, Danielle Hardre.

Though neighborhoods are ghost towns, the Moore Mayor anticipates most homes will be rebuilt in two years.

"It's still devastating. If you look at it you know people are still going through their stuff," said Mayor Glenn Lewis. "People still have jobs here. They're still going to want to live here. The schools are great, and I think it's going to continue to boom even though we had this."

"There's a lot of work still left to be done, but we're talking as I said when people say 'How's it going?' well you know one foot in front of the other, and that's pretty much how you have to do it," said Bill.

The Campbell family already has another place to stay. The mayor says more trucks will continue to sweep through neighborhoods to get all the remaining debris picked up.