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November 20, 2013

Moore city manager said business is starting to return to normal

MOORE — The view from Steve Eddy’s office is quite impressive.

As far as the eye can see, there are blue skies overlooking a crisp November morning. Cars just a few feet away rush to their destinations. And business around city hall seems to be thriving. But no matter how picturesque a view can be, there are still a few constant reminders that everything can change in a heartbeat.

Directly outside of Eddy’s corner office is a tornado siren that seems to stretch on for miles. Out the other window sits a perfect view of where, only six months ago, a raving monster of a tornado mangled this Oklahoma city to shreds.

Not only is Eddy a Moore native, but he’s also the city manager. To say the last few months have been difficult would be an understatement. But Eddy said, for the most part, operations at the city of Moore have started a resemblance of normal.

The city still is issuing tornado-related permits, but employees are now seeing more of the daily activities they knew prior to May 20.

“It’s hard to see it (Moore) get hit so many times, but to know and see it come back like it has, and be better than it was before, is certainly gratifying. We are growing now just as fast as we ever had in terms of not only the storm rebuild, but new homes that are under construction. There are several of those,” Eddy said.

Eddy estimates more than 300 permits have been issued for home rebuilding, which doesn’t surprise him.

“But I am very pleased,” he said. “We are approaching a third of the homes that we’ve issued permits on to rebuild. We didn’t start issuing permits until about July. We don’t think that’s bad at all. In fact, we think that’s real good.”

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