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Lake Thunderbird State Park takes direct hit, remains closed

Little River Marina, work shed at water supply facility take heavy hit

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: May 12, 2010 at 5:03 am •  Published: May 12, 2010

/> The tornado turned the facility’s workshop into a twisted pile of metal rubble, damaged the plant, and knocked out its electricity.

The facility operated Tuesday on backup generators.

"We can’t run on full capacity, in fact we’re on minimum capacity,” said Randy Worden, the facility’s manager.

He estimated minimum capacity to be about 20 percent of maximum, though he said Norman also has ground wells and a water agreement with Oklahoma City and the other cities could as well.

Still, Worden urged people to be patient and to use as little water as possible. Meanwhile, he has no idea how long it will take to get power restored, or to get his workplace back to normal.

"It got the shop,” he said of the tornado. "We’ve got all our hand tools and power tools out there in the lake.”

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