Family rebuilds after Moore tornado

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/20/2013 5:25 pm Published: 11/20/2013 4:30 pm

Wednesday marks six months since an EF5 tornado devastated the city of Moore, killing two dozen people and injuring more than 300.

Paige Ring will never forget May 20, 2013.

"I was home with two of my girls and pregnant with a third one. All three of us were in our hall closet with our two dogs, and just riding it out," she said.

They had moved in just one week before. She remembers one thing going through her mind.

"If you're gonna take one of us, take all of us," she said.

When it was over, she stepped out and witnessed the destruction, "thankful that our house was still standing when we came out. It was terrifying."

For a month and a half, she and her kids stayed with family and friends.

Her husband stayed home, living in what looked like a war zone.

"He was in the National Guard, so it was like being deployed, really," she said.

After $40,000 in repairs, a new roof, windows, garage doors, siding and paint, she was able to move back in a week before her third daughter was born.

"It feels good to see the houses going back up," she said.

It still took time for things to feel like home.

"It's probably just been within the last month," she said.

But, she said Moore is still far from being back to normal.

"Probably six more months, I would imagine," she said.

"It's heartwarming to see everybody coming back and to see it all coming back up. It's like…we're gonna come back and we're gonna come back stronger than ever," she said.

Ring told FOX23 some of her neighbors haven't moved back in and can't start rebuilding because of insurance issues.

Some of her neighbors decided to sell their property and move away, but she said most of those are selling quickly.

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