MOORE, Okla.– A news conference has ended regarding search and recovery efforts following Monday’s massive EF5 tornado in Moore.
The death toll still stands at 24; ten of those fatalities are children; with more than 300 injured. Officials do not expect the death toll to climb any higher.
More than 2,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed; with some amazing sights from our KFOR reporters Wednesday morning– like a single spoon lying away from all the debris, or a bathtub spotted on top of a mound of debris that used to be someone’s home.
Recovery and cleanup could take months. The American Red Cross has been working to help people; local churches have opened their doors; as well as other Oklahomans, who are taking in families.
In the hours following Monday’s twister, an even more horrific picture was painted; there were early reports of 51 deaths; but that was an error. Amy Elliott of the state medical examiner’s office said some of the dead were accidentally counted twice.
Some of the most heartbreaking stories come from Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children died.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said the state has established a website where people can get information on services available to people affected by the storm: http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/.
Fallin said those impacted can also call 1-800-621-FEMA for further assistance.