Oklahoma City officials say debris cleanup from May storms is complete

Oklahoma City crews have hauled away 120,000 tons of debris from the May 20 tornado and May 31 windstorms and floods.
by William Crum Modified: August 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: August 8, 2013

Ten weeks after devastating storms swept through central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City's share of the cleanup has been declared complete.

Crews have hauled away 120,000 tons of debris from the May 20 tornado and May 31 windstorms and floods, city officials said Thursday.

In Moore, City Manager Stephen Eddy said cleanup is about 95 percent complete. Contractors in Moore have hauled away 158,771 tons of debris.

The May 20 tornado damaged or destroyed homes and businesses in Newcastle, across southwest Oklahoma City and through a wide swath of Moore.

Tornadoes, windstorms and flooding that struck central Oklahoma on May 31 caused widespread damage across south Oklahoma City.

Forty-eight people were killed in the storms, according to the state medical examiner's office.

About 450 homes were destroyed in Oklahoma City. The latest count is 1,034 in Moore and 35 in Newcastle.

The slow pace of cleaning up downed trees and tree limbs and blown-over fences after the May 31 storms prompted Oklahoma City to add two contractors to the three already on the cleanup.

Moore has set a deadline of Thursday for homeowners to move debris to the curb for hauling or sign a right-of-entry form allowing the city to come in and remove debris.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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