Lone Grove residents seek out survivors

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: February 13, 2009 at 9:27 am •  Published: February 13, 2009
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Schools will be open today for the first time since Tuesday.

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

‘She was already gone'

Thor Clemmons, who sifted through the mangled remnants of his mobile home, remained optimistic he could find his pocket knife so he could cut away some of the debris in his way. Clemmons said he and his wife and their seven dogs loaded up and tried to get away from the tornado. Having escaped the worst of the damage, Clemmons said he headed back to try to help his neighbors. His next-door neighbor, an elderly man whose mobile home was also obliterated, was frantically searching for his wife. “I found her, but she was already gone,” Clemmons said.

Grocery store donating food

Misty Middleton, a cashier at Farmer's Market Grocery Store on U.S. 70, said the store hasn't had many customers since the tornado hit. But most of her customers are familiar to her, so Middleton said she's been anxious to see who walks in the door. “We're glad to see them, because that's normally the first time we know they're OK,” said Middleton, 31. The tornado knocked out power to the store and stock had to be replenished. The owners are donating groceries to families affected by the twister.


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