LUTHER, Okla. – A family in Luther lost their home to the vicious storms Tuesday night.
A state trooper who lived in the house said his family did not have a shelter but got out in the knick of time to weather out the storm at a neighbor’s.
Parts of the family’s roof was blown right off from what they believe was a twister that ripped through the neighborhood.
They have a lot of damage to clean up, but thankfully the family of five is safe.
Tony Rumpl said now they’re left picking up the pieces.
There’s glass shattered, insulation everywhere and the house is not livable.
“We’re obviously heartbroken, but we’re glad that everybody is safe,” Rumpl said.
This was his family’s first new dream home.
They had just moved in right before Christmas.
“We were watching the news. It didn’t look like it was going to be much until it was almost here, and we thought we better do something,” Rumpl said.
With no shelter, the family raced to their neighbor’s house to wait out the storm in their basement, planning for the worst but hoping for the best.
Unfortunately, the family doesn’t have a home to stay in anymore.
“You really need to be prepared. We should’ve been more prepared than we were. If we would’ve waited another 10 minutes, it could’ve been a lot different, so we’re grateful we got out when we did. Don’t take chances. It’s not worth it,” Rumpl said.
Rumpl hopes to rebuild but said, right now, his focus is to stay strong for his family.
“Just reminding them what’s important. We’re okay. We’re going to be fine. The house can be rebuilt. Nobody got hurt. That’s the important thing. We’re just so grateful and feel blessed for that,” Rumpl said.
The family said friends and loved ones have been quick to help.
Their friends even brought over an RV for them to stay in temporarily, so they can be close to their property as they continue to clean up and figure out their next steps.