Lone Grove adjusts to life after tornado

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: February 13, 2009 at 12:29 am •  Published: February 13, 2009
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/> Residents returned Thursday to their homes, sorting through damaged belongings and salvaging what they could find.

As the debris began piling up and people began to wonder what to do with it, the city initiated a burn ban until a cleanup plan could be settled.

"We don’t have a landfill, so I don’t know what we’re going to do yet,” Elfert said. "We’ve got people working on it, but we’ve already had some brush fires, and the last thing our emergency responders need right now is to have to respond to other emergencies.”

Schools will be open today for the first time since Tuesday.

Oklahoma National Guardsmen provided security around the hardest-hit areas. Troops are expected to remain until Monday, when Gov. Brad Henry will re-evaluate the security situation, according to a news release.

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Mail service to continue
The tornado damaged Lone Grove’s post office, so the Ardmore post office is handling Lone Grove mail, according to the U.S. Postal Service. People with post office boxes in Lone Grove can retrieve their mail at the Ardmore facility. Mail deliveries in the Lone Grove area will not be interrupted except in areas where it is not safe for carriers or where access is closed.

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