Edmond tornado cleanup continues

Cleanup continues in Edmond after the May 19 tornado. Damage estimates are continuing to be calculated.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: May 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm •  Published: June 1, 2013

Cleanup continued Friday from the May 19 Edmond tornado, the first of a series of tornadoes that devastated Oklahoma over two days.

No one was reported injured in the Sunday afternoon tornado that hit southeast Edmond and damaged a dozen homes and Mercy Edmond I-35, an $88 million medical complex and wellness center now under construction.

Three houses received major damage. Two of those were in the Thornebrook Village, between 33rd and 15th streets off Bryant Avenue, said Matt Stillwell, Edmond's emergency management director. Eight houses received minor damage.

Roof damage and uprooted trees were seen throughout the city.

Edmond Emergency Management officials are still working on a dollar estimate of damage and will meet with FEMA officials on Monday. There has been a delay because Edmond Emergency Management officials, local police and firefighters went to assist with the April 20 tornado in Moore that left 24 people dead and more than 280 injured.

Damage from the Edmond tornado is being compared to the damage seen in the 2011 windstorm that left downed trees.

“There is a lot of tree damage,” said Keith Stewart, the city's field services superintendent. “There were a lot of big trees this time. It didn't cover as much of an area. We certainly have nothing like in Moore.”

City officials hired contractors to help remove the debris in the damaged areas, Stewart said.

Work on debris removal started Tuesday. Stewart estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the job is completed.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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