Killer Oklahoma twister razed whole neighborhoods
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erik Gransberg searches for victims in an underground shelter in Moore, Okla., Tuesday. (REUTERS)
On Tuesday, the National Guard, firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments and rescuers from other states were involved in the search-and-rescue effort in Moore, a town of 55,000
"They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out," Oklahoma State Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. "They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them."
Insured losses from the Joplin tornado exceeded $2 billion and are expected to rise as claims are settled.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.
"The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them, as long as it takes," Obama said at the White House.
The couple, their 9-month-old son, Regouby's 20-year-old daughter and Moore's mother huddled in a shelter built into the floor of their garage during the storm and the house came down over them. They emerged with only scratches.
"As long as we find stuff like this, I'll be happy," Moore said, her voice breaking. "We'd give up 10 of these houses to have our family safe."
Shelters were opened for families who lost their homes, and universities offered to house people.
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