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May 21, 2013

Thousands jam roadways trying to get home

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NORMAN —

At 7 p.m. a concerned mother who asked to remain nameless said she had been trying to reach Heritage Trails Elementary School for three hours. She said Moore Public Schools were keeping children safe until parents could pick them up, the problem was finding a route to the school.

Sooner Road and Sunnylane were backed up all the way to Midwest City.

Ronda Hair sat on Sunnylane, sighing to learn the road ahead was closed and she would be detoured again. Her home was on the edge of the 1999 tornado and was just missed. This year, she had already talked to neighbors.

“My house is safe,” Hair said. “It’s only about three blocks from my house where it hit.”

Aaron and Ashley Mullins were also creeping along in the bumper to bumper traffic on Sunnylane.

“My mom and dad’s house got hit,” said Aaron Mullins. “I’m trying to get to my house.”

The couple said they had no idea if their home is still standing. In the back seat, their young boy and family dog rode quietly as if sensing the gravity. For the Mullins, their real treasure was safe in that back seat.

Joy Hampton

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