Power, water outages causing issues in Moore


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Updated: 5/21/2013 6:38 pm Published: 5/21/2013 5:30 pm


Efforts to restore power and water are underway in Moore.

Crews from Texas and Louisiana are on the road in neighborhoods and streets.

Fox23'S Abbie Alford found wires dangling, wrapped around homes and streets. While power is off, crews say people need to treat them like they are active.

It's these dangers forcing officials to keep anyone who doesn't live in the area or is an emergency official responding in the area out.

As we tour the damage, neighborhoods are wiped clean, while homes on the other side of the street are unharmed.

"We are finding things bits and pieces," said storm victim Mandy McLain.

McLain says once she saw the monster roaring close she went to the place she grew up.

"I'm glad that we didn't have to pull my parents out."

Her parent's neighbor wasn't home, but saw the storm rip through his neighborhood.

"Believe me it's not easy, you get a very helpless feeling," said Mike Hudoba.

Now a day later, they have no water and no power.

"The power is dead, it's gone. I noticed a lot of the wires hanging along eastern they are gone," he said.

Power crews are moving forward with out-of-state linemen on their way.

There are gas meters sheared off and spewing into neighborhoods.

"It was scary and we had someone light a cigarette over by us," said McLain.

ONG says gas lines are now cut off.

"I noticed the water is turned off and I don't smell gas anymore," she said.

But as families dig through the debris, there are more dangers.

"We got a couple of nails in our feet yesterday," added McLain.

That's why officials are encouraging those who don't live in the area or not helping in the recovery efforts to stay out.

Meantime, a town that is no stranger to tornado knows how to stay strong.

"Moore knows how to do it's a first class town," said Hudoba.

The County Health Department is also encouraging everyone who lost power to throw away food and they are working with restaurants and businesses that were not destroyed on reopening.


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