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Oklahoma tornadoes: Moore storm leaves shattered storefronts, job losses

The Camden Village shopping area was devastated by Monday's tornado in Moore.
BY JOEY STIPEK Published: May 22, 2013

Where once shops offered jewelry, nutritional supplements and bottles of pinot noir, there are shattered storefronts, littered with chunks of ceiling tile and insulation.

And tenants of Camden Village, 1003 SW 19, are left to pick up the pieces at one of hardest-hit sites of Monday's tornado.

Property manager Lisa Talley said she was heartbroken after surveying the damage. Talley said 11 tenants have lost their storefronts, and an estimated 50 people are out of work due to the tornado.

“All those people that have jobs and live in the area where they work, now have nothing.” Talley said.

Talley said 38,000-square-foot property built in 2006 would have to be demolished due to the building being structurally unsafe. She is hopeful Camden Village will be restored to its original condition within six to nine months.

Picking up the pieces

Moore Gold & Jewelry owner Mike Blair, 48, said his jewelry store was just one of four businesses he owns that sustained tornado damage.

Blair said he is fortunate his employees and family were still alive.

“Material things are what they are, that's why we have insurance.” Blair said. “We only have our lives — those can't be replaced.”


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