Oklahoma Tornado: Picking Up the Pieces
The devastation in Moore, Oklahoma is heartbreaking for the families having to pick through the debris left behind. Ann Hutyra has been on the ground in Moore. She followed a family as they tried to save any memory of their previous life.
Nicole Moore says, "Its a little hard when all of the familiar things are getting taken away, not just one or two, it's not just your house it's your friends house, your family's house." Nicole Moore walks through what is left of the home she grew up in that is now reduced to rubble after the recent deadly tornado that tore right through her childhood neighborhood. Her neighbors are doing the same, as almost every house on the street was directly hit. "I've lived here since I was three months old, so there are pictures and toys, my mom keeps everything. So, there were family photo albums from as far back as it goes", she recollects.
As she stands on her home's foundation, she points out what used to be, "This was my bedroom here in the front, and this was the back bedroom."
Nicole and her husband, were in the house during the tornado, and says they, along with their two kids, and her mother took to their storm shelter, and waited it out. She describes the tornado saying, "It was the loudest gush of wind I've ever heard in my life, and then I heard crashes and pops." Meteorologists often say the best place to be in a tornado is in a bathroom, and for the Moore family that's all that's left of their home.
This is Nicole's second day picking through piles of wood, metal and brick, hoping to find any keepsake she may be able to salvage. "We had a great day yesterday. We found tons of photo albums, tons of pictures, jewelry, the things that cannot be replaced. We've not had near as successful day today, just because I think what was salvageable was more on the top."
She says she's not only trying to save her own things, in fact, her and her husband have found piles of photos belonging to other people. "Something that looks like a keepsake to someone else, I have somebody's trophy that I saved. I don't know how much it means to somebody. I know there are things that we've lost that if somebody found it, and gave it to me, it would mean the world to me."
Nicole says the most important things, her family and friends, are all okay. "I've been really praying - I really have, I'm not just saying it - for those parents that don't have their kids right now, because I am so blessed because I have mine."
From Moore, Oklahoma, Ann Hutyra, KGNS News.
The Moore family says it's too early to decide if they'll rebuild in the same location.