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A summer of rebuilding

by Ray Carter Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013

May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma were among the most severe in recent memory. This fact was emphasized again when state officials announced that as many as 56 school sites were damaged between May 19 and 31.

Three sites were destroyed in Moore, as was the El Reno campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. Numerous Moore school sites were hit on both May 20 and May 31.

In El Reno, seven sites were damaged with three elementary schools now temporarily closed because softball-sized hail destroyed roofs. Mid-Del Schools had 22 sites damaged. Moss Public Schools and Crutcho Public Schools experienced flooding.

The tally shows just how daunting the rebuilding process will be in the weeks ahead. The only glimmer of sunshine is that the districts have the summer break to rebuild before the regular school year starts again.


by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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