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    Posted May 21, 2013 by
    sweyboyd7
    Location
    Moore, Oklahoma
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Massive tornado hits Oklahoma

    sweyboyd7 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Tornado pummels Moore, Oklahoma

    'I'm still not OK'

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sweyboyd7, an administrative assistant at a doctor's office and a former certified nursing assistant, helped with the initial rescue efforts in Moore. When she got home, she told her husband she wants to move. 'I can't imagine what the people that live here, that have lived here their whole lives, go through ... It's hail, it's natural disasters one after another and I cannot imageine what they go through. I don't know if I want to stay here for much longer.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    While I waited hunkered down in my car (not the best idea, I might add,) my first tornado swept by me; barely missing the area i was in, it cut a swath through the suburb of Moore. As soon as I was clear of it, I decided to drive home and no further than a quarter of a mile later, i came upon the full extent of the destruction that this monster had left behind. First Responders were extremely quick to arrive, but until then, a few that had escaped the tornado began helping people out of the rubble of their homes. As I was running from house to house screaming, "Is anyone there? Can anyone hear me?" A faint voice finally reached me. A lady, stuck at the back of her house amid debris, assures me she is fine, but would like to be helped out of the mess. I grab a few guys running in the street and we begin moving debris to create a path for her to reach us. The roof is non-existent at this point, so this helps tremendously with the rescue. A crowbar, and some elbow grease later, Mrs.Rogers is free. This pattern continues for another three hours as more people are freed from their houses. As I head across the highway to the area set-up for triage to assist, I am amazed by the sheer number of buildings leveled and the number of gas leaks. The number of nurses and doctors from nearby medical centers make their way through the wounded and assist as needed and more are on their way. Critical situations really do bring out a person's character and my faith in mankind is restored as I see so many strangers helping one another.

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