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November 20, 2013

Moore city manager said business is starting to return to normal

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MOORE —

Eddy admits it’s great seeing homes starting to rebuild, but it’s also great to see business not only rebuilding but also moving to Moore.

Eddy admits it’s also difficult to go through the process a third time. Eddy served as city manager in 1999 when an EF-5 tornado hit the city. He also was here in 2003 when an EF-4 tornado mangled up the town.

“It’s been tough on all of my staff. They do their job, and they do it well. I think we do a darn good job with what we do, but it’s been really hard. We talk about it some in terms of this is the largest and most devastating storm we’ve had, but it also has been the hardest on us because you get worn down for one thing. But you just ask why? And there’s no answer to why.

“It happens. And unfortunately it happens to us more often than it should. It really gets old seeing the community destroyed,” Eddy said.

But every time, Eddy said, his city comes back.

“And this time is no exception. We’re going to be better for it, the community is going to be stronger for it,” he said. “Neighborhoods, particularly over by Plaza Towers where that whole neighborhood was wiped out, it’s going to be new. It’s going to be beautiful. New houses and neighborhoods. Lots of opportunities for starter homes for people.

“In that respect, it’s good. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t awful, because it was. The loss of life we had this time was much more than we’ve had. In 2003, we didn’t have any loss of life, and in 1999 in Moore, there were five or six,” Eddy said.

May 20 is still a day that felt longer than 24 hours for most people in and around Moore — Eddy being one of them. Although he admits he was in a bit of a fog that day, memories still haunt him.

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