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November 20, 2013

Revisiting the path of destruction



That was six months ago. Most of the helpers have gone back to their own homes in their own cities as Moore still continues the recovery process everyday.

One of the hardest hit spots in the city was Plaza Towers. The day after the tornado hit, it looked like a bomb had exploded as rubble was everywhere. It was almost impossible for residents to tell where their houses began and their neighbors ended.

Today, that is not a problem. The collapsed homes have been removed and construction crews fill the streets.

The same goes for the neighborhood surrounding Briarwood Elementary School. Like Plaza Towers, construction as already began on the school. But many of the homes were so ravaged they had to be destroyed.

Southmoore student Brandon Dicks used to live in one of those houses with his family. He was at school the day the tornado hit. While his family lost their house and most of their possessions, six months later they have moved on.

“We didn’t move too far from where the actual house was,” Dicks said. “We live behind the school now. It’s a really nice house. Everything is real smooth and great. Got everything lined up and straight. Got our whole life back together, basically.”

However, Dicks knows they could not have done it alone.

“We had so much help and so many people who wanted to do anything for us,” Dicks said. “We had really good advance planning, too. All that just came together and got it done really quickly. We moved into the house before school started.”

Certain areas of the city have gotten back to a new normal. Businesses along 19th Street have either opened back up or are in the process of doing so. That doesn’t included the shopping center just north of Santa Fe, which has been torn down.

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