Workers use a front-end loader to upright a headstone toppled from its grave by Monday nights tornado in Earlsboro Cemetery on State Highway 9A in Pottawatomie County. Photos by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
to 6 a.m. until further notice.
He said the tornado damaged 200 homes in Tecumseh, and an additional 200 in the Earlsboro and South Rock Creek area. About 100 in the rural eastern part of the county had major damage or were destroyed.
Tommy Campbell, 54, of Earlsboro, said he is camping outside his demolished two-story house to protect what’s left of their property.
Campbell and his wife, Sherry, were inside the house when the tornado hit, taking it, their vehicles and outbuildings, he said. Overalls that hung in an upstairs closet were found about a mile away in an open pasture, he said.
"I’ve lost stuff before, but never all at one time,” Tommy Campbell said.
Workers from Shawnee Monument were in Earlsboro Cemetery on State Highway 9A resetting tombstones unearthed in the storm.
John Permetter, president of the cemetery association, said dozens of tombstones were thrown about, trees were plucked from the ground and a fence blown hundreds of feet.
He said the association is already strapped for funds, so he’s unsure how they’ll manage the cleanup.
From the spot where Charles Taylor, 37, used to sit in his favorite chair in his living room, he can see miles of debris from his shattered mobile home. The Earlsboro man said cleanup would be somewhat easy because there is little to salvage.