The Norman Transcript


March 8, 2014

No place like home

NORMAN — On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, Moore resident Jennifer Walker drove what felt like the longest miles of her life.

Walker works at Norman Regional Hospital on Porter Avenue. It’s normally a short drive home, about eight miles mostly north on Porter then about a mile west along 4th Street in Moore to her neighborhood adjacent to Veteran’s Park.

That day she returned home to find that home wasn’t there anymore. A large portion of her house had been reduced to rubble and slab by the EF-5 tornado that also whisked away about 90 percent of her and her children’s belongings.

Nearly 10 months later, the single mother of two took possession of her newly built home in that same neighborhood on Friday.

“I feel very relieved to be back over here,” she said. “It seems like it took forever.”

Walker is grateful that her insurance took good care of them, and she was able to rebuild the home from scratch. In the interim, the family rented a home in Moore. That house was going on the market, but the owner allowed Walker to rent it while her new home was being built.

There were so many generous people and groups along the road to recovery, Walker said. Now, there is just moving the furniture into their new digs and

getting settled.

When the tornado hit on May 20, Walker was at work at Norman Regional where she is the lead supervisor of the Imaging Department. The hospital was already treating victims from the May 19 tornadoes which hit in east Norman and Shawnee among other communities, so there was a heightened awareness of just how destructive an Oklahoma twister can be.

Initial tornado warnings included Norman which put the hospital into a Code Black and locked them down. No one could leave during the Code Black.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Baker home 3 Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Voter registration deadline is Friday

    Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election. Races include federal, state and county offices, but for Cleveland County voters, the field is limited....

    July 30, 2014

  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate approves new VA secretary

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Tampering accusations surface in OKC bombing case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it to House

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014