Cleanup begins in Edmond after tornado

BY DIANA BALDWIN and SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: February 12, 2009 at 8:18 am •  Published: February 12, 2009
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photo - Workers erect a temporary wall to protect a cabinetry building business on Waterloo Road near Broadway. PHOTO BY SUSAN SIMPSON, THE OKLAHOMAN
Workers erect a temporary wall to protect a cabinetry building business on Waterloo Road near Broadway. PHOTO BY SUSAN SIMPSON, THE OKLAHOMAN
EDMOND — Cleanup crews are swarming the streets of Edmond, where six homes were destroyed and more than 200 damaged by a tornado Tuesday afternoon.

The heaviest damage was in Oak Tree housing addition where 54 homes, some worth $1 million or more, were damaged or destroyed.

No one was injured.

No overall damage estimate was available Wednesday.

Property owners and friends were searching for anything salvageable.

Movers, roofers and owners of heavy equipment lined the streets in Oak Tree.

At times the streets were blocked as vehicles tried to jockey around each other.

"It is what it is,” Lane Tompkins said with a sigh.

Tompkins was standing on the front porch of his destroyed home at 510 W Heritage Blvd.

Tompkins was at home at 2:55 p.m. when the tornado hit his 4,624-square-foot home, tearing away the second story.

"It was very calm. Traffic was coming down the street,” Tompkins said.

"It started raining really hard. It took about five seconds.”

An act of kindness helped ease Kim Swiggart’s worries as he surveyed damages to his Oak Tree home.


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