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November 20, 2013

First responders relive harrowing day

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NORMAN —

“We try to learn from each one. Unfortunately, or fortunately, we’ve dealt with several large disasters here. As far as something that large, there’s no way you really can totally prepare for it, but we just try to figure out what worked best, what didn’t,” he said.

Things are quickly getting back to normal now. Lewis said things are pretty much normal for most of their officers. The ones who lost their homes now have new ones or those whose homes were damaged have repaired them, he said.

“As a city it’s kind of back to normal other than there’s a whole lot more construction than there would have been,” Lewis said. “People (are) sticking around and rebuilding their stuff and the ones that aren’t have sold off to people that are rebuilding, too. We’re just ready for it to get back to normal, back to the way it was.”

As the saying goes, through tragedy comes triumph. Six months in the wake of chaos and disaster, Moore has shown it is triumphant.

“Just driving through there, if you didn’t see it when it happened you’d never even know that it was near that bad,” Lewis said. “What’s scary about that is, that means we’re almost in the storm season again, which we don’t look forward to.”

 

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