I was at one of my rental properties in the Rock Creek/Wimberley Creek addition in Moore, Oklahoma this past Sunday. The tenants had just moved out and I was busy making repairs to get the home ready to be put back on the market. I was really upset as the tenants had left the place dirty and left small holes all over the wall from pictures they had obviously hung up. I spent four hours perfecting what was wrong and finally had a pristine house ready for rent.
I remember getting a text from my wife reading "Huge tornado headed right at you, get out now!!!" Living in Oklahoma, you get accustomed to tornado warnings and become immune to the sirens. How foolish of a man am I? I remember hearing a low rumbling roar as if a train was headed towards the house and thought to myself, what is that sound? I loaded up the truck with my tools and opened the garage door to get ready to leave. I walked outside to see this "tornado" it was nowhere in sight. My problem was I wasn’t looking broad enough. As I widened my view and took in the bigger picture, I finally saw the monster that was bearing down on me. IT WAS ENORMOUS! I had to make a split decision. The monster was about a mile, maybe two miles away, maybe closer. I hopped in my truck and drove off as fast as I could turning corners way too reckless for a truck loaded with tools, latters, etc.
Less than an hour later I went back to the home I had invested so much time, money and energy in. As I drove through the neighborhood I started to get a grasp of the situation. Homes were completely leveled. The park next to the Heatherwood addition was gone, nonexistent - trees included. With debris everywhere, I drove down the street to the spot the home once stood evading a toilet sitting erect with the seat still intact, a water heater bent in the shape of a "U", the reminisce of what looked like a little kids Power Wheel, and a boat sitting on its side on the front lawn of my neighbor’s yard. Nothing, nada only a foundation and a pile of rubble stood with power lines dangling over the heap. I could not believe my eyes. I felt like I was dreaming .
A community that I call home is a war zone. The aftermath of this monster has left people homeless, tired and weary. People need your help. Please give what you can and keep the families in Moore in your prayers. I lost a house, many lost their homes, and some even lost their lives.