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November 20, 2013

Revisiting the path of destruction



On the corner of Telephone Road and 4th Street used to stand a 7-Eleven. That is now vacant. As is the lot across the street where Van’s Pig Stand used to call home. The owners have relocated to 1999 Tower Drive and plan to reopen soon.

Also gone is Moore Medical Center. The entire structure at 700 S. Telephone Road has been demolished. All that is left are a few temporary portables.

The east side of Moore didn’t get the same national coverage as its west side counterparts after the tornado. But it was hit just as hard. That is especially true along Eastern Avenue and 4th Street.

However, the reconstruction doesn’t seem to be going at the same pace. While houses have been torn down, there are fewer construction crews out working to rebuild homes on the other side of I-35.

Several residents have chosen to just take their losses and move on after experiencing their second or third devastating tornado in the last two decades. Others vowed to stay where they are and rebuild.

“What I remember the most about those days was how everybody came together and were constantly willing to help you,” Dicks said. “The whole community. That was best thing. That was the coolest thing I think.”


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