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. Massive oak trees crashed into his roof and across his front yard. His son’s pickup truck was hardly visible under a pile of tree trunks and limbs. But the mound of debris was growing smaller as a tree removal crew fed branches into a wood chipper. Bobby Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Tree Service, said that he is donating his services to homeowners. Swiggart’s teenage children, Adison and Parker, were home at 5600 Irvine Drive when the storm hit Tuesday but took shelter in a bathroom.
Rentals soughtIn the Homestead housing addition, where more than 40 homes were destroyed and damaged, April Jackson and her family have lived in the same house for 11 years. With the roof gone and the interior soaked she said they’re looking for a place to live for at least six months. "Hope we can get it fixed in that time,” she said. "We’re looking for a rent house in this neighborhood.”