Oklahoma

12:22pm

Thu May 23, 2013
The Two-Way

In Oklahoma, Praying To A 'God Of Rebuilding'

Sue McClure, a volunteer with Disaster Relief of Oklahoma, assists tornado victims Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

All that's left standing at Kiaya Roper's house in Moore, Okla., is the bathroom. When a tornado struck the town on Monday, Roper was at work at Central Elementary School, her children were at school and her husband managed to ride out the storm by hunkering down in that bathroom.

"God put his hand down on his head for me," Roper says.

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12:20pm

Thu May 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Moore Finds Comfort In Animals Who Survived The Storm

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 7:58 am

Jen Elsner of Norman brings a lost dog to the shelter at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

There's no room at the inn for the Degmans. Not the Days Inn, anyway.

Jim and Marilyn Degman didn't suffer significant damage to their home in Monday's storm, but they lost power and decided to seek shelter elsewhere. They tried two other places before they found a La Quinta Inn & Suites that would admit Angel Baby, their toy poodle.

"I think she's a little more traumatized than we are, because of her routine," Jim says. "She can't go to her home."

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10:07am

Thu May 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Amid Nails And Mud, Oklahoma Neighborhood Pulls Together

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 8:24 am

Homes in the Heatherwood subdivision of Moore, Okla., were splintered by the tornado that swept through the area Monday.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Brian Hock was standing Wednesday evening in what used to be his home but is now 2,000 square feet of nothing. Still resting in a bag of dog food was the cup he uses to scoop kibble, emblazoned with the slogan "Fear not: God's love shines bright."

Hock was at work Monday when the tornado smashed his house in the Heatherwood subdivision of Moore, Okla. He says his daughters survived only because neighbors invited them to share a custom shelter.

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4:41am

Thu May 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Funerals Begin In Tornado-Ravaged Moore, Okla.

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:44 am

Players, coaches and parents collected donations Wednesday in Oklahoma city for the Angle Family, who lost their daughter Sydney, and their home, in the tornado. Sydney was No. 35 on a softball team called 'Bring It'.
Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

4:23pm

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Teachers In Moore Gather For 'Sharing And Healing'

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 9:06 am

Stacy Montgomery, pre-K teacher from Briarwood Elementary, grieves with fellow teachers at the informational meeting for Moore ISD teachers and administration.
Katie Hayes Luke NPR

What was billed as an informational meeting for teachers turned into a session of sharing and healing.

"A lot of people in this district will need grief counseling, including myself," said Susan Pierce, the superintendent of public schools in Moore, Okla.

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