Residents Reflect; Rebuild 1 Year After Moore Tornado

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MOORE, Okla. (CBSDFW.COM) - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the day an EF-5 tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma.

Residents who survived the mile wide tornado are reflecting on a year of pain and progress. Survivors such as Louis and Cindy Henderson, who lost their home spoke to CBS 11 News.

“It’s a routine thing you expect in Oklahoma, but you don’t expect it to happen to you,” said Henderson of the small town that sits in tornado alley. Homes were obliterated, neighborhoods, schools and businesses — destroyed.

“It looked like a war zone. It looked like a bomb had went off,” said Louis Henderson.

It was the second deadly tornado to hit the town in 14 years. Two dozen people were killed, including 7 children.

The Hendersons waited out the storm inside their neighbor’s storm shelter. The Red Cross has provided the couple with their own storm shelter now. The devastation they witnessed that day was the impetus to lead a more altruistic life. The Hendersons volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, which is the same nonprofit that helped rebuild their home.

“I said this house is meant to be. It is a gift that we’ve been given,” said Henderson.

Moore is about the size of Desoto or Mansfield.

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