Moore Street Signs Relieve Stress Along Destruction Path

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 9:03 pm
By: News 9

Well-needed street signs are making life for Moore residents a bit easier. City leaders say the issues facing insurance adjusters, contractors and residents were compounded without the simple signage.

"We didn't know where we lived," tornado victim Stacie Hymel said. "We just looked for something familiar."

Hymels' neighbor, Tammy Craig, said it was difficult to find her property because everything looked the same.

"Without a number, you're begging people to tell you what street you're on," Craig said.

Stacie and Tammy are upbeat and positive even though they lost their homes. They are moving forward, calling insurance companies and government agencies.

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"I had FEMA out here the second day after, and they were lost," Craig said. "The street signs would have been wonderful."

Steve Eddy, Moore city manager, says his city's quick response with street signs was a lesson learned from May 3, 1999.

The street signs are currently green, but city officials say the signs will be back to the standard blue color in the future. The temporary signs are courtesy of the cities of Edmond and Norman. The two cities printed the signs while the American Public Works Association backed the project.

The City of Moore says permanent street signs will not go in until the debris removal is finished to prevent the poles from being knocked over by heavy equipment.