Familiar face brings relief to families
Moore, Okla. – People continue to pick up in the Plaza Towers neighborhood. Nothing is the same. Candy Knight’s home is gone, and she’s haunted by nightmares of the tornado.
“When I wake up, I realize it’s not a nightmare. It actually happened,” said Knight.
That’s reality for many around Moore, but Friday, they saw a sign of hope from an unexpected visitor: the mail carrier.
“I really couldn’t believe she made it back to this neighborhood,” said Knight.
Nearly 1,200 homes were hit by the tornado. Some have mailboxes, some have nothing. Still, postal workers are getting the mail to people.
Lela is the mail carrier in the Plaza Towers neighborhood. She’s been delivering their mail for nearly a decade. Home after home, survivors greeted her with hugs. She shared tears with many of them. Lela was on her route the day the tornado hit. She took shelter in a person’s home.
"She kind of started crying when I was talking got her. She had to wipe her eyes, tearing up, of course, because if they hadn't said anything to her she would have been blown away," said William Bohanan.
Destruction aside, Lela is back.
"I would love to see her face every day," said Knight.
That's an attitude found everywhere. Even scribbled on the ruins, you see the words "We will be back Plaza Towers" on the walls. People plan to follow Lela's lead.