By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
Moore received a special $26.3 million grant today from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. An additional grant of $10.3 million will go to the state for tornado recovery in other affected areas.
“It’s an amazing sum of money,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore.
HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Trevino formally presented the money at a press conference at Moore City Hall this morning. Cole, Gov. Mary Fallin and state Reps. Mark McBride and Anthony Sykes were among the dignitaries present.
“What’s important about this funding is that it’s not your typical HUD money,” Trevino said. “There are fewer strings attached... It’s going to be groundbreaking for all of you.”
Mayor Glenn Lewis said Moore set up a13 person committee to determine how the money should best be used. Input from Moore residents will be a key part of that dialogue and the resulting decisions.
“We’re going to use this money to develop the town and to redevelop it,” Lewis said.
Lewis said he had no idea how large the HUD grant would be.
Moore has issued 176 new building permits and 365 remodeling permits are in the works, Lewis said.
The May 20 tornado destroyed 1,038 houses. Lewis said the city has made a “good start” toward recovery. Over 172,000 tons of debris were removed and a lot of that was recycled.
Fallin said Moore has been an example of strength through adversity as have all of the communities hit by tornadoes this spring.
“We inspired many other states,” Fallin said. “We inspired the United States. We inspired the world.”