Cleanup, mourning continue in Oklahoma

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: February 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm •  Published: February 13, 2009
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ARDMORE — The killer tornado that swept through Lone Grove on Tuesday also caused extensive damage in a north Ardmore neighborhood.

Officials said eight to 10 homes in the upscale Majestic Hills subdivision and one private school were destroyed by the storm, with 10 homes sustaining about a 50 percent loss and another dozen or so homes receiving notable damage.

Ardmore City Commissioner Bob Geurin said no one is really focusing on the devastation at Majestic Hills because there was no loss of life, but he said the people there are hurting just as bad as others who lost everything.

"A lot of people didn’t even know this one happened,” he said. "We had some people trying to get home, who couldn’t, so they went walking through the woods.

"They advised them against it, because it was so dangerous, but if you have a wife and kid in a house that might not be there any more, they’re gonna get in there somehow, come hell or high water,” he said.

Rick Pack, a local hospital chief executive, said he and his wife were home when the storm hit and barely had time to make it to their tornado shelter.

"We had no idea this was coming,” he said, adding that the last newscast he heard said the storm was 25 miles away and Ardmore was not in the path of the storm. "There just wasn’t any warning.”

Pack got a call from a family member in Oklahoma City warning that the tornado was headed directly for them, so he and his wife and six neighbors gathered what they could and headed for the underground shelter.

As the storm hit, Pack said his friends and family were scared for their lives. Ardmore 911 calls about Lone Grove Ardmore 911 calls about Lone Grove Ardmore 911 calls about Lone Grove

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