This is a discussion on Lending a Hand within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I had the honor of going down to Moore, Oklahoma with one of my church's response teams to assist with cleanup. My team was assigned ...
I had the honor of going down to Moore, Oklahoma with one of my church's response teams to assist with cleanup. My team was assigned to help out a young couple and their neighbor.
We arrived Friday morning. The damage pattern was similar to the '99 tornado, which I covered as a photographer for the Tulsa World. There would be signs of roof damage and within a block more and more severe damage until you got to ground zero where houses were completely destroyed and vehicles were tossed around like Hot Wheels toys.
It was back-breaking work, but it felt great to help people out. Tyson Food and the Salvation Army came by and fed us. We even had a CVS team swing by to give free tetanus shoots.
We came across one young lady who had lost everything. The only thing she wanted to find was her grandmother's jewelry box. Her house and brand new Camaro were flattened. Then, minutes later, she found it. It was awesome.
While the rest of the crew were taking a well-deserved break, I came across an elderly Vietnam War veteran and helped him gather his salvageable belongings into his pickup. He told me, as he was fighting back tears, the only thing he wanted to find was his cat, Leroy Brown. He had found him following the '99 tornado. He said he'd give anything to find his cat.
We did what we could, but it's going to take months to clean up this disaster. It's just hard to fathom the force that could do this kind of destruction. And, having been there, I was amazed and thankful that no more than 24 lives were taken. If this had happened 50 years ago, the toll would have been in the thousands.
I've included some photos I took from our mission.
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It's difficult to imagine that level of destruction on such a large scale. I had three hurricanes go over my house in 2004, and it was frightening and dustructive in its own right and much more wide-scale, but they were nothing so complete as a tornado does. It truly resembles Hiroshima after the atomic bomb.
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GREAT pictures. I love how people just pitch in to help complete strangers.
Moving this to Bob and Terry's, where I think it more properly fits. Thanks for posting!
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I saw the interview on TV with the guy who lost all of his race horses - I think he had about 15 horses die during the tornado. The man was crying so hard, he couldn't talk.
I broke down and bawled because it brought back the memories of when my five horses were murdered.
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