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May 22, 2013

Resident near Plaza Towers tells his story

NORMAN — As Moore resident Troy McElmurry stood near the rubble on Tuesday where his home used to be, he said he’s not sure if he wants to rebuild or not.

McElmurry’s home was one block east of Plaza Towers Elementary School on Ridgeway Drive. He hasn’t seen or heard from his neighbor and his new red Nissan Pathfinder is nowhere to be found.

“I haven’t talked to my neighbor but I had them take the dogs through there twice,” he said. “And my truck, it got sucked up. It was gone like a fart in the wind.”

McElmurry said he hasn’t seen his neighbor’s truck anywhere either. He was able to recover his neighbor’s rifle from the rubble though.

“I hope to see him again so I can give him his rifle back,” he said.

McElmurry was out of town working when the tornado came through, but said his mother was able to get out of the area before the tornado hit. No one in the house was injured.

He is one of three in the neighborhood, who have been living in the area since the 70s. One of the other original homeowners in the neighborhood, David, was in his home when the tornado blew across Moore, he said.

“He was buried under his two-story house and somehow reached in and pulled his cell phone out of his pocket to call someone,” McElmurry said.

Emergency responders were able to pull David and David’s mother and father, who are both in their 80s, out of the rubble with only scratches and bruises, he said.

“That rubble over there is over 10 feet deep,” McElmurry said while pointing across the street.

While he said his mother was able to get most of the valuable items out of the home, the company he works for plans to help him dig through more of the rubble Wednesday to search through the remaining rubble.

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