Power crews working hard to restore electricity in Moore

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 5/27/2013 12:12 am Published: 5/27/2013 12:00 am

By Sunday night, almost a full week after a massive tornado tore through the town of Moore, electricity had been restored to most of the city. But for the hardest-hit areas, power was still days away.

But crews of line men from various power companies were working tirelessly to get power restored as quickly as possible, some of them working 16 hour days.

One of them was Todd Moore, who was already on his way into Oklahoma to help restore power in Shawnee after a tornado on Sunday, when the tornado in Moore struck.

"On the way in, I was driving my truck from Amarillo and I got caught on I-35 where it merged with I-40," Moore said. "I watched the whole thing on video come through."

He said he would never forget the feeling he had as he rolled into town and saw the devastation. 

"[It was] kind of horrific, because you know somebody's getting this done to them."

He said it was especially tough for him, because he has family in Moore. Luckily, their lives and homes were spared.

"I wish we could see them, but, you know, I'd rather get these other people back on," he said. "I'll see them another time."

But for now it's hard work for him and his team, pulling out the old electric line poles that the tornado snapped like twigs, and getting the new ones framed and put up.

And while working in rough conditions, with volunteers, victims and law enforcement surrounding his work site, he said he was glad to be there. 
Moore said it was hard to tell for sure, considering how many crews there were from all over the country working on the project, but he thought the last of the lines would be repaired and power restored to all of Moore by Tuesday. 

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