Oklahoma storms: Moore pays more than Oklahoma City for debris cleanup - Article Photos 1/7

The hot water tank that once heated the water in Scott Balliet's house now serves as a seat for him as he watches the remains of his family's home at 204 SW 146 be swallowed up by large steel jaws and tossed into a waiting dump truck to be hauled away. Balliet and his wife and family moved into this home in 1997. It was destroyed on May 20 by an EF5 tornado. No one was home when the tornado swept through his south Oklahoma City neighborhood, west of Santa Fe, north of SW 149 Street. His wife died from surgery complications on Father's Day in 2012. He lived in the home with his daughter, who graduated in May from Southmoore High School. Balliet said he definitely will rebuild on the same lot. He is currently staying in a rental home. He said he came to his neighborhood Thursday because he wanted to watch the last remains of his home be removed and he also said he hoped he might find a few items that had been covered in the debris. He was happy when he retrieved two plates, pieces of his wife's Mikasa dinner china, that were in perfect condition. Professional debris removal continues in Moore and south Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Debris and rubble from hundreds of homes damaged and destroyed in the EF 5 tornado on May 20 are in the process of being removed one lot at a time. The City of Moore has contracted with Silver Star Construction Co. to pay $80.78 a ton for tornado debris cleanup -- a rate two to three times as high as the $25.70 to $33.95 a ton that Oklahoma City is paying two other contractors to remove debris from the very same storm. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.