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Opinion

May 20, 2014

We are Moore Strong

NORMAN — Oklahomans have a way of coming together to help each other in times of greatest need. The helpful trait may trace its beginnings to the pioneer spirit of living on the land and helping neighbors.

It happened after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, after the May 3, 1999, tornadoes that hit Moore and south Oklahoma City and the wildfires that roared through the state in August 2012. The recovery and rebuild from the May 19 and May 20, 2013, tornadoes in central Oklahoma is just as impressive. It’s been a year since those Sunday and Monday storms altered lives forever.

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the storm that ripped through far eastern Cleveland County and western Pottawatomie Counties, killing two men.

Today is the anniversary of the Moore and south Oklahoma City twister that took 24 lives, including seven schoolchildren. In Moore alone, 1,595 residents’ homes were destroyed, 24 commercial buildings were destroyed and 388 structures received at least 50 percent damage.

In Moore, home and business rebuilding continues. Thousands of homes were destroyed or badly damaged.

In many neighborhoods, concrete building slabs were all that remained. In eastern Cleveland County and nearby Bethel Acres, home rebuilds started slower but have picked up.

Just as it was a year ago, the national spotlight will be on Moore today. The Moore Medical Center, damaged beyond repair, will break ground on a new facility.

The medical center, surrounding home, school and business rebuilds are all testimony to the community’s resiliency. Today, we are all Moore Strong.

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