Oklahoma tornadoes: Moore permits rise with rebuilds

The huge spike of 547 percent occurred in the second month after the May 20 tornado destroyed some 1,200 homes in Moore and south Oklahoma City.
by Richard Mize Published: August 31, 2013
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The May 20 tornado hit Moore's July construction stats broadside.

Builders in Moore took out permits to build 110 single-family homes last month, a 547 percent increase over July 2012.

It was an explosion, but not a surprise for the second full month after an EF5 tornado swept away some 800 houses, plus another 400 or so just west in south Oklahoma City.

Construction continued strong across the metro area.

Year-to-date permits were up 110.6 percent in Moore, up 15.4 percent in Oklahoma City, and up 17 percent in Edmond, flat in Norman and down 6.3 percent in Midwest City, according to the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

Across Oklahoma City and those suburbs, permits were up 18.1 percent.

Moore will be extra busy for months, said Marvin Haworth of Marvin Haworth Homes.

‘Hectic as ever'

“Things are as hectic as ever. The building business is going very strong,” he said. “I don't think we're at the peak of it. It might last into the first of next year, through February. There are still a lot of people sitting on the sidelines,” wondering whether to rebuild on their tornado lots or to buy and build elsewhere.


by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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