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May 18, 2014

Moore: A strong community with a lot of character

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NORMAN —

It’s being rebuilt and businesses and individuals stepped up to make the park whole again. Those four sentries still stand at the park’s entrance, guarding all directions now. A third flag joins the American and Oklahoma flags. It says, simply, Moore Strong.

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All around the damaged areas, portable toilets line the residential streets. That’s a sign of progress. Homes are being built at a pace not ever seen in this community. The vacant lots with driveways leading to nowhere and pipes protruding from concrete are the exception. A few blue tarps still cover roofs.

Congressman Tom Cole, who has seen much destruction in his hometown of Moore, said he was proud of President Obama’s response to the storm. In a Transcript editorial board meeting last month, Rep. Cole had high marks for the president and the federal response to the disaster.

The president’s word from his Memorial Day visit last year still resonate.

“When we say we got your back, we keep our word,” Mr. Obama said. “When we say we are going to be here until you are completely rebuilt, we mean it. We know Moore is going to come back stronger from this tragedy. We’re going to be with you every step of the way. It’s a strong community with strong character. It’s going to take a long time for the community to rebuild. We know Moore is going to come back strong from this tragedy.”

Andy Rieger

editor@normantranscript.com

366-3543

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