CARNEY — With the state's attention shifted to Moore, residents of Carney said Wednesday they are ready for the next step.
Lynn Hughes said she watched Tuesday as large branches and telephone poles were cleared from around where her house once stood — one of 37 houses destroyed by Sunday's tornado.
Hughes said the response from the emergency responders has been great despite their force being cut in half.
“Electric companies are getting in and getting the electricity back up,” she said. “There has been a definite clear-out of media and other officials, but there is still a lot here, and we understand because of the destruction in Moore.”
Dan Crummett, who led the damage assessment of the Carney area for the American Red Cross, said he was dispatched to Moore immediately.
About two dozen Red Cross volunteers remained behind in Carney to hand out food and water and run an overnight shelter for those with no place to go.
Crummett said the shelter closed Wednesday morning, but volunteers remained behind to hand out food and water.
“Most of the people there had somewhere to go, and there were six injuries and no fatalities in Carney,” he said. “The Red Cross said our help was needed more in Moore.”
Environmental Management Inc. officials were setting up a drop-off at their facility at 5200 NE State Highway 33 in Guthrie for items needed in Carney, including work gloves, shovels, rakes, Gatorade and contractor trash bags.
Hughes said neighbors and complete strangers have filled in and provided enough support for the community.
“We've had total strangers walk in and just hand us gift cards to help out,” she said. “Everyone is sticking together.”