Tornado damage resembles war zone

MOORE, Okla. – In Your Corner reporter Scott Hines got a firsthand look at some of the hardest hit areas, including Briarwood Elementary.

It looks like an atomic bomb went off.

Scott talked to a teacher’s assistant who rode out the storm with her students in a classroom.

She told us she used her body as a shield to protect some of them from the crashing debris.

Just east of the school are more eerie pictures.

We saw whole neighborhoods, gutted.

“This is the bathtub that was in the house, Scott Balliet said. “That would have had me, my daughter and the dog. I don’t think we would have made it.”

Daughter, Heather, is supposed to graduate high school Saturday. 

“I can’t even think about graduation on my mind,” she said. Scott Hines said, “What’s keeping you going?” “Just my family and friends there to support me,” Heather said.

There’s a lifetime of memories buried in the rubble.

Balliet said, “Last year my wife passed away and we had a memorial photo that was here.”

We were there as total strangers stopped to help.

Jenna Adams said, “We just live down 19th street and we were tired of watching on the news, instead of doing something about it.”

This community is down, but never out.