Wagoner cleaning up after EF1 tornado

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Reported by: Phil Price
Updated: 7/29/2013 5:30 pm Published: 7/29/2013 4:34 pm

Cleanup is underway in Wagoner.

An EF-1 tornado caused considerable damage in the area last Tuesday.

The preliminary report from the National Weather Service said the tornado had estimated wind speeds of 90 to 100 mph.  The storm was about 850 yards wide and had a path 3.5 miles long.

FOX23's Phil Price traveled to Wagoner and found block after block with piles of wood, some stacked more than 5 feet high.

"Yeah, it woke us up. Wind was blowing, wife was freaking out," said Ric Marrs.

Marrs' home was one of many hit the by the tornado, making a mess of his once-80-foot trees.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us to get it done. We'll take care of it. I mean, if the county wants to take care of it, that's great," he said.

That would be great, but there's a problem. His district's lone wood chipper is in the shop being repaired.

"Our wood chipper burned the clutch out of it the night of the storm. So we're repairing it right now to get it ready," said Rick Fletcher, from Wagoner County District 2.

Inside the city of Wagoner debris removal is moving along.

FOX23 found the city's brush crew on the south side of town removing debris and Wagoner Mayor James Jennings said this will continue until the job is done.

"We'd encourage people to get as much of it to the front curb as they possibly can. Give us a call at City Hall, and we'll get by and get it chipped up," he said.

County officials said the same thing will happen for them, but it may take longer. They hope to have the

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