Tornado debris removed from Broken Arrow neighborhood

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/17/2013 6:13 pm Published: 6/17/2013 4:03 pm

Neighbors in Broken Arrow are finally seeing debris removed from their streets after a tornado ripped through their area in May.

Wagoner County told FOX23 it took so long to get the debris removal started because the county had to get a permit approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

After weeks of staring at piles of debris and trash left over from a tornado, the constant reminder of devastation is finally going away.

"You just wish it was gone and never happened, and you know that's all you can say," said Mary Byrd, whose home was damaged by the storm.

Byrd was in her home with her husband when all of a sudden the lights went out. They both went outside to see what was going on – and barely got back in the house in time.

"Well, we couldn't shut the doors and we had to stand there and hold them," she said.

Once it was all over, there were downed trees and power lines, roofs torn off houses and their street now looked like a war zone.

The Byrds lost their roof, dozens of trees, two chimneys and a truck. They realize they are fortunate though compared to others.

"Ours is minor compared to the neighbors," said Mary.

For now, Mary said she and the other homeowners are grateful the county is finally hauling away the debris.

Trucks are removing around 14 cubic yards of debris each trip. Officials told FOX23 there are about four to six trucks in the neighborhood and they will be out for the next few weeks removing everything.

The county is paying for the debris removal. Most of it will be taken to a remote area and burned

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