The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 28, 2013

Much work remains in Moore’s rebuilding effort

A week has passed since the monster tornado tore apart Moore.

The destruction is difficult to comprehend, but the numbers speak for themselves: 24 dead, including 10 children. The tornado’s damage totaled up to a staggering $2 billion.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen many Oklahoma expatriates proclaiming roots through their Panhandle State-centric profile pictures.

Pride will take us only so far on the road to recovery. The Oklahoma Insurance Department claims cleanup costs could surpass efforts following the 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo.

As Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a standing-room-only press conference last week at Moore City Hall, the cameras will leave at some point. FEMA has pledged to lend a major hand with debris recovery.

Prompt relief is helpful, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin notes, but much more work remains during the mammoth rebuilding effort.

“We need to start rebuilding these homes, rebuilding these businesses, and we know at different times in the past, money hasn’t come always as quickly as it should, so I’m hoping that FEMA will be very prompt in getting the relief here,” Fallin said Sunday.

While donations are being collected by several nonprofits, designated financial donations are needed most. The painful rebuilding process will take a tremendous amount of money, time and patience.

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