The May 20th tornado left a lot of devastation in our town. Many people were displaced, property was damaged and lives lost. My family was very fortunate that day. We were in Moore attending a funeral when the police came into the chapel and told us to take cover. We heard the sirens and waited for the storm to pass. My son was attending a Moore public school that day and so I was worried. Fortunately for us it missed us by ½ a mile. All of my friends were not so fortune.
While the rest of that day’s events are probably good material for another blog, I want to fast forward 4 months later to today. A majority of the debris has been removed. There are still some dilapidated homes around town, don’t get me wrong. As well as other buildings that are still damaged., The slabs have been removed on the vacant lots in Moore. Builders have been and are buying lots. Homes are being built and are in various stages. In addition, other homes that were not completely destroyed are being rebuilt.
Many of the homes going up off 4th and Telephone appear to be larger than the homes that previously stood there. This should help to bring the value of the homes in the south part of the neighborhood up in value also. The same appears to be true in the Plaza towers neighborhood. I am excited to see the rebuilding in the neighborhoods.
The city is alive and open ready for business. School is back in session and the two schools that were destroyed are taking up residence in a community church and a jr. high. It is amazing at the amount of work that has been done in the past 4 months. But I guess that is simply the Oklahoma spirit and the reason I love living here. People rolling up their sleeves and helping their neighbors. Moore will rebuild.
Sometimes I get asked what makes people want to rebuild in an area that has been hit time and again by tornados. Why do we keep rebuilding in the same area? I guess it is because this is our community. Our family and friends are here. And while we may be able to move away from tornados, there would be something else—fire, flood, earthquakes, blizzards, etc. But when there is a problem, this community comes together and helps their neighbors unlike any place else I have ever lived.
This is a great city. If you are looking to relocate here or need real estate questions answered please feel free to contact me at 405-213-2992 or visit my website http://www.sandiwalker.net