Moore family removes 1,000-pound piece of metal from roof

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MOORE, Okla. - It's been a strange three weeks at the Farrar home in Moore.

They've been living with what they now call "their metal."

"They think it might be the top of some sort of oil rig type thing," Elizabeth Farrar said. "They`re not sure either. One of them thought maybe part of a truck but it`s definitely not a dumpster like we thought it was."

They thought the May 20 twister had picked up a dumpster from down the street and blew it right through their roof.

Fortunately they weren't home but neighbors called immediately after the storm with the astonishing news.

"I didn't believe her, I thought it was a joke," Farrar said. "I didn't think there was any way we could have a 1,000-pound piece of metal in our roof."

They still didn't believe it when they finally made it home.

From the front of the house, you would never be able to tell it's unlivable.

"We thought we might have some shingle damage, some window damage but we had a piece of metal instead," Farrar said.

Farrar's husband called as they were hauling away the metal to make sure she grabbed a piece to keep as a souvenir.

"I have grown kind of attached to it," Farrar said. "Sad to see it go."

The hole grows as you walk through the inside of the home.

"This is where it kind of came to rest was right here," Farrar said. "There was metal sticking out through this hole."

Even though the family had grown fond of "their metal," it was time to call in the heavy machinery.

Neighbor Lorri Scroggins was in her shelter next door when the metal landed.

"Loudest sound I've ever heard," Scroggins said. "It sounded almost like a jet engine starting."

Scroggins got the remove all on camera.

In her video, you can see the contractors attaching the metal to a crane, then slowly lifting it out and hauling it away.

Now that it's gone, Farrar thinks it's going to take even longer than she thought for things to get back to normal.

"It`s really strange seeing how much is missing from our roof now," Farrar said. "To see the scope of how much it took out and how much repairs are actually going to be needed."

Farrar said the construction company jumped on the unique opportunity.

'It was something new for sure," Hanson said. "It seemed like a lot of fun actually and it is, it`s neat."

The family said they are glad to see the contractors already rebuilding because they don't have plans to live anywhere else.

"We love our neighbors; we love our town," Farrar said. "So we`re definitely going to stick around."