Crews End Search Effort At Plaza Towers Elementary School


Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 9:56 am
By: News 9


The chief of the Moore Fire Department announced Wednesday morning that the search at Plaza Towers Elementary School has ended.

The chief told News 9 that emergency crews have gone through what's left of the school at least three times. He said the numbers remained unchanged. They did not find any additional victims in the debris.

All children who attended the school have been accounted for, and families of those killed have been notified.

Complete Coverage: May 2013 Tornado Outbreak

Seven children were killed Monday when an EF-5 tornado slammed into the elementary school, destroying the building and leaving students, teachers and staff buried under piles of debris. All the victims were third-grade students.

The chief said search efforts across the affected areas will likely be "down staged" later today, and the number of emergency responders on scene will be greatly reduced.

Monday's tornado killed 24 people, including nine children.