Hardy voluntarism not lost in mangled areas

Posted on: 10:47 pm, June 20, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:05pm, June 20, 2013


MOORE, OK — One month ago tonight, at this hour, a large swath of Moore was blanketed in darkness. Electricity, like many of the homes, wiped out. The search for survivors went on throughout the night; everyone knew what all of us were facing.

But as dawn broke the next morning, and in the days to come, we learned the full scope of the destruction.

The EF5 that had ravaged Moore killed 24 people. The damage estimated to be in the billions. For weeks, visitors and volunteers have been drawn to that community.

The emotional magnet was Plaza Towers Elementary; the school site where seven children lost their lives.

NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh visited the grounds of the school and talked with some of those who had gathered there.

Each of them with the same determination to recover and rebuild, like a sentry standing guard, the water tower stands above the debris.

Below it, a seemingly endless concrete pad is the only reminder of Plaza Towers Elementary.

A wire fence surrounds the grounds now serving as a makeshift memorial. Beckoning those who come to remember.

Among those is 14-year-old Kayla Carmona, who lost her dad and 8-year-old sister, in the Joplin tornado.

“There are some days where you feel you never want to get up. It’s really hard to go through,” Carmona says.

Volunteers like those from the Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Traveling miles to teach their young people life lessons.

For more tornado coverage visit here.

Visitors and viewers have sent us 1000s of photos, here are just a few that show the affect of the storms

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  • Thank God for all of those who survived and pray for the families that have suffered and lost love ones due to this destruction.

  • I snapped this picture of the beautiful sky over Moore Medical after the storms Sunday evening around 8PM. I was sitting the TFCU parking lot which is no longer there.

  • This is a picture of the sky above 19th and I-35 directly after the tornado. (The previous photo of Moore Medical the night before is mine as well)

  • Ironically the name of one of the street hit by the tornado is Calm Wind and the street sign was lodged into our neighbors fence during the storm.

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  • This is a full double rainbow. However, the double is covered up by clouds and rain. 50th & Shartel, 5/23/13 Amy S. Mullen

  • May 23; Edmond. Storm with lightning and rainbow at same time. From Steve Guengerich

  • rainbow seen from north Okc area the morning of 05/23/13 during a lightning storm

  • What appears to be a rope Tornado, taken Bethany Ok. looking East 05/23/2013 at sunrise.

  • Sad reminder of that deadly day.

  • This is a before and after of our back patio.

  • There should be 3 homes here. All were leveled.

  • Signs were found in rubble and placed in the yard of this damaged home.

  • Okies still find a sense of humor amidst life altering devastation.

  • Trying to evacuate my grandmother from her home of 35 years in Moore.

  • Obama 2008 signs found in the rubble and placed in the yard of this damaged home.

  • May 20th from SW 159th & Vicki Drive.

  • Moore sunrise on May 23, 2013 The destruction and loss is depicted as well as the hope of a new day. Photo Christine Gibbons

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  • 149th between penn and western

  • country edge drive on 149th between penn and western

  • This van was connected to a trailer holding a pontoon boat. It was thrown about 50 feet, and the pontoon boat and trailer are no where to be found.

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  • Telephone Road at SW 134th Street

  • In the Warren Theater parking lot.

  • Moore Medical Center parking lot

  • credit: reddit user kookiekiller

  • This was the pond just north of the school.

  • More outside Moore Medical after the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • Shot from my car on I-35 N. just South of Indian Hills Rd.

  • Inside Moore Medical center, trying to get out. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • Debris in the cafeteria, where everyone in the hospital was evacuated to before the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • First glance outside to the sheer devastation. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • A look at the damage sustained as we came out of Moore Medical Center after the tornado

  • Image coming out of Moore Medical after the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • Aftermath of the tornado outside Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • Aftermath of the tornado outside Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • More aftermath of the tornado that hit Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson

  • Taken in Newcastle Kim Arthur

  • Juggies Quik Stop Donations for tornado victims.

  • Newcastle tornado forming that hit Moore. Taken from my driveway Kim Arthur

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  • These people were fortunate enough not to loose everything, but while they cleaned up the mess with all water shut off in Moore, they said they had been waiting hours for someone to bring water.... -located in neighborhood behind Warren Theater Photo by Joshua Mikeska

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  • This was taken from the front doors of Westmoore High school yesterday.

  • Today, dropping off supplies at KFOR

  • Taken near Tecumseh rd on the east side of I-35

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  • taken by David Wheeler

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  • With all the destruction, notice the plastic bags still in their slot waiting for a student to choose it.

  • Briarwood Elementary 4 Classroom

  • Storm Chaser Photo-DEBRIS

  • View looking north on Santa Fe in Moore. Around ~S.W. 12th street.

  • View of tornado from behind, west of Southmoore H.S.

  • S.W. 13th Moore looking west to Santa Fe.

  • View near S.W. 13th looking east to Santa Fe

  • Mangled cars near S.W. 13th Moore

  • View from Santa Fe in Moore, just north of 19th, looking west.

  • Looking south on Santa Fe and 19th, Moore

  • Walgreens, Santa Fe and 19th

  • On Highway 37 - May 20th

  • Photo was taken from the area between May and Penn, just south of SW 134th (Hwy 37)

  • Looking east from SW 136th, just west of Penn.

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  • Destruction from Monday's tornado

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  • "We R Strong"

  • Credit: Bray Adams, Newcastle

  • Moore tornado on cover of Time.

  • Moore bowling alley - John Cadiz Klemack

  • "God Bless Moore" Warren Theatre

  • Plaza Towers elementary after Moore tornado May 20

  • Moore residents live in tents after tornado May 20

  • Moore residents live in tents after tornado May 20

  • Plaza Towers Elementary before and after Moore tornado May 20

  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.

  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins

  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins

  • Hail Pick up from the ground 15-20 Minuets after falling. Newalla Oklahoma

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  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.

  • The sky over the Shawnee Air Port 5/20/2013

  • 164th & S Western

  • May 20th tornado

  • Flag among the wreckage- Victor Lee

  • pics from I-35 looking north

  • pics from I-35 looking north

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Mother and son see their home for the first time

  • This is a quarter in the middle of the hail.

  • Unnamed

  • North Newcastle

  • North Newcastle

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