Family says they are lucky to be alive after quake destroys home

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/07/2011 10:14 am Published: 11/06/2011 8:04 pm

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Oklahoma on Saturday left a lot of damage for families living in Prague and other parts of Lincoln County.

So far, emergency management teams have found 12 homes damaged by the earthquake.  We’re told three people sustained injuries after parts of their chimney fell on top of them.

Early Saturday, Mary and Joe Reneau were lying in bed when their entire house began to shake.

“What I heard was like, wham. Just like an airplane crashed outside the window and rocked the house,” says Joe.

The couple had lived in their home in Prague for 25 years, and say they had never seen anything like this before.

"It went on for 30-45 seconds and I told my wife, this is a strong house and it will stand up... maybe,” says Joe.

“All of a sudden, this whole room started rocking. The concrete was still, but these walls are rattling and rocking,” Joe says.

"I just thought, my gosh, is this ever going to end,” says Mary.

Finally it did, and the two were left to survey all the damage.  A large hole in the living room reveals splintered beams, and shattered sheetrock where a chimney once stood.

“The chimney was laying up there and that's why they didn't want us to stay. They were afraid it was going to come through and hurt someone,” says Mary.

Thankfully, the two were unharmed, but their house is a different story.

A glance in the dining room reveals open drawers, and crooked pictures.  While the upstairs bathroom looks like a tornado came through it.

Despite the devastation to their home, the family is surprisingly upbeat.

"It just makes you realize what are really important, friends and family and good neighbors,” Mary says.

The Reneaus do have insurance and they say an adjustor is coming out soon to take a look and asses all the damage.

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gramba2010 - 11/6/2011 8:10 PM
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I hope their insurance covers earthquakes, I don't know that mine does,but I will check Monday. I am glad they are all ok, sorry for their home.
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