Devastation and how things used to look.

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Bill and Will went to Moore, OK yesterday to help with the tornado clean up.  I will be taking Justin and Jemma on Thurs. and Friday to work.  Will has a full time job for the summer working for OC.

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In this house Bill and Will helped the homeowner find the belongings they wanted to keep.

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More tornado damage.

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Here’s part of the group from Memorial Rd. church of Christ that went with Bill and Will yesterday cleaning up someone’s backyard.

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This is part of the Orr family farm.  It is a big agritourism location.  They had 2 small trains, fishing pond, 1974 carousel, animal barn, pony rides, zip lines, pumpkins in the fall and a hay maze.  It was a 106 acre working horse farm.  I read in the paper they only have 3 horses, 2 ponies and 1 donkey that survived and didn’t have to be put down.  They are planning on being opened in the fall.  There website is www.orrfamilyfarm.com.  They have lots of school groups that go out there.  All the buildings sustained heavy damage.

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This is the track they use for training the horses.

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This is Justin and his friends riding the train at the Orr family farm in the fall of 2007.

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This is Justin’s 4th grade class at the Orr family farm in the fall of 2008.

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This was a the Orr family farm hosting a Girl Scout day in the fall of 2011.

With 2 elementary schools in Moore suffer heavy damage and the loss of life at one of them, it was a hard week.  On Monday afternoon while the tornado is racing through Moore, 251 children were checked out through the office at the school I work at between 2:30-3:30.  I was fortunate that Bill works close to Justin and Jemma’s school so he could make sure they got home safely.  None of the schools I or my children attend have storm shelters or safe rooms.  Seems terrible in light of the fact that Oklahoma is in tornado alley and tornado season is March 15th to June 15th.  Of course, OK has seen tornadoes in Feb. also.

One of the parents at my school sent a letter to my principal saying how pleased she was at how quickly, efficiently and calmly me and the other secretary were handling everything during that crazy hour on Monday.

 

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