A Personal Account: When You Can't Go Home

By Nolan Clay Modified: April 21, 2009 at 11:30 am •  Published: May 4, 1999
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"D
eloris! Deloris!" they called, looking under a fallen chimney and beneath a crumpled pickup.

Later he learned Deloris had been away.

Fred Jones, 73, watched the rescue efforts from a folding chair in his driveway outside the wreckage of his home. "We just got in the hallway," Jones said. "I guess that's what saved us. We were real lucky."

"It sounded like a freight train. Glass was flying around."

His wife, Llewellyn, 71, said, "The Lord was watching out for us. The Lord's taken care of us this many years, he's still taking care of us."

Bob Price, 58, watched the storm from the roof of his house. "It came right through here. It was about a quarter of a mile wide. It was the biggest tornado I've ever seen in my life. Your neighborhood got the brunt of it."

For Tom Chase, 77, it was his third tornado. "It was one big wham and it was gone. We could feel the vibration. It was an awesome thing."

"It's bad," he said of his home. "But we'll build that back. You can't build people back."

Spared was the First Baptist Church in Moore, a block away. Neighbors gathered there and consoled each other in the candlelight.


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