Rain makes cleanup a tough task

Posted on: 4:30 pm, May 23, 2013, by , updated on: 05:20pm, May 23, 2013

By: Ashley Kringen

MOORE, Okla. – Navigating through Moore is now a bewildering experience; many of the usual landmarks are now piles of rubble.

Brenda Hedrick was at work when she realized the EF -5 tornado was heading straight for her home.

“I really expected when I did get home that I wasn’t going to have anything left.  So, I was really surprised to see the house still standing,” said Hedrick.

However, the clock is ticking for Hedrick; her house is on the verge of caving in.

“Everything is starting to collapse with all this rain, the weight of the rain, everything is falling in,” said Hedrick.

“As you can see the area is starting to flood. The weather is putting a major damper on those peoples’ lives who just want to come back to their properties, sift through the damage and save whatever they can,” said Kringen.

Hedrick’s house might still be standing, but homes on her same block weren’t so lucky.

Bill Burns rode his bike to check on his sister-in-law’s house, who was in Mexico at the time of the destruction.

“I had to ask somebody if this was the street they lived on and I’d been here thousands of times. It was just remarkable, turning the corner and there are absolutely no houses,” said Burns.

Now, Burns is doing what he can to help his family out.

“I’m trying to get rid of this big tree because they’ve got a lot of personal things I believe up underneath the tree and we just want to make it safe to go through it,” said Burns.

Safety precautions many people are forced to take, in order to save their belongings.

Many families haven’t been able to get into their neighborhoods due to heavy damage, but have started to go through their homes with insurance agents to discuss damage costs and next steps.

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