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Oklahoma tornadoes: Six months later, construction sounds hold promise of recovery in Moore

Oklahoma tornadoes: Six months have passed since a deadly tornado in Moore and surrounding areas resulted in the deaths of 25 people and injured hundreds of others, destroying 1,300 homes, two schools and numerous businesses.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 19, 2013

The sounds of construction are everywhere. Moore residents say they wake up and often go to sleep to the bang of hammers and the whine of power tools.

Those are the sounds of recovery, City Manager Stephen Eddy said.

Six months ago, an EF5 tornado hit Moore and surrounding areas, resulting in the deaths of 25 people, injuring hundreds of others and destroying 1,300 homes, two schools and numerous businesses, including the Moore hospital.

Since that deadly day, people have mourned their losses, cleared away mountains of rubble and begun the long process of rebuilding their lives.

To date, the city has issued 332 building permits for new, single-family homes in the storm-damaged areas and an additional 418 permits for remodel work on storm-damaged homes. Eleven businesses have obtained permits to rebuild, and six others have applied for permits to remodel.

“With numbers like those, I can't help but feel good about our efforts,” Eddy said. “No question about it, Moore residents are resilient. We've been beaten down a number of times, but we always come back.”