Stone Meadows, in the heart of the Moore tornado’s path of destruction, is back on their feet one year later.
“Rock the Block” was the brain child of neighbors Robert Kelly and Allan Johnson.
They decided they would do whatever it took to bring their neighborhood closer than ever.
Just under 365 days ago residents in Stone Meadows didn’t have much to laugh about.
“You can’t walk down through here without talking about to five different people about what happened this last year,” says Kelly. “A year later we are happy. We are happy to be back in our houses. We are happy to be done with our struggle.”
The idea started as a small neighborhood barbecue and grew into something they never expected.
“The south side of the street got structural damage and the north side of the street got leveled,” says Kelly. “So that’s why we decided this is the perfect spot”
“We just dreamed it up and then did the foot work to get the people here,” says Allan Johnson. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Firefighter and police officers first on the scene to help that day stopped by to see how far they’ve come.
The neighborly bond doesn’t get much stronger than this.
They are forever linked together by one tragic day.
“It means that everything we endured was for something,” says Johnson.
Neighbor Amanda Odom says, “Why don’t you leave your neighborhood? Why don’t you leave Oklahoma? I can’t even begin to imagine how many times I’ve been asked that question. This is why.”