Wichita man helps restore normalcy in Moore, Oklahoma

Published On: May 22 2013 11:25:26 AM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2013 09:28:57 PM CDT
(MOORE, Okla.) -

Residents devastated by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma are getting by with the help from complete strangers.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lauren Seabrook spent a couple of days in Moore watching residents, officials and volunteers do whatever possible to salvage what's left of thousands of homes.

Lauren is from the area.  Two of the homes destroyed in Monday's tornado belonged to her cousin and great uncle.

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Wednesday, Lauren met up with Wichitan Jake Ramstack. When he heard news of the tornado, he and a friend drove from Wichita to Moore to help.

"That really easily could've been us. It was really neat to see how the community came around and I thought if it would've been us I hope it would've been the same way," said Ramstack.

While people waited to return to their homes, Ramstack made sure they had what they would need once they got back in. "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I think it's changing our lives. Seeing the basic good of humanity in people has really been good," said Ramstack.

Also Wednesday, volunteers cleaned up an area cemetery that was left littered with tornado debris.  Crews say they want the cemetery cleaned up in time for Memorial Day this weekend.  It's the cemetery where Lauren's great grand parents are buried.

Hundreds of people felt compelled to help, including Lenee Milam and her husband. They celebrated their nine year anniversary at the cemetery.

"We had a babysitter arranged for today, and he took off work, so we decided to come out here instead of doing something else," said Milam.

They spent the day wiping blasted debris from a brick wall. "Stuff like this is going to stick here forever unless you get it off," said Milam.

The volunteers working on the cemetery want the people of the community to be able to pay proper respect to the lives lost in the tornado.

"There will be some burials here, you just want it to look as nice as it can," said Milam.


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