Cleanup underway in Madill after tornado rips through the town

Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 7:20 PM CDT
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Mobile homes near Smiley Road in Madill in the path of Wednesday's tornado were wiped out, and one man who lives in that neighborhood said he only had a couple of minutes to make it to a storm cellar.

"It just seemed like a matter of seconds it was over with. When we came back out, it had taken some of the houses and tore up a lot of the stuff," said Dennis Preacher.

Everyone in the neighborhood made it to the shelters, but Preacher said two mobile homes were destroyed.

"Just disintegrated, tore them all to pieces. Threw them out through the pastures," said Preacher.

Over at Oklahoma Steel and Wire, plant manager Jay Combs said all 80 employees made it to safety before much of the building facing Highway 70 was ripped to shreds.

"The sirens went off and they did get in. We had some great people step up and have everybody go down to the shelter, and the way I'm understanding they got in just in time," said Combs.

Donny Raley with the Madill Police Department says 12 homes were damaged, and seven of them were destroyed.

Now, Raley said the focus is getting the city cleaned up and back on its feet.

"We've encouraged everyone to bring their tree limbs, trees, brush, debris, to the side of the road and our city crews are spending today just hauling off all the damage," said Raley.

Preacher and Combs don't know when things will go back to normal, but they are rolling up their sleeves to get back on track as soon as possible.

"Listen, we got the best employees around. I'm telling you they will step up and do anything you ask of them out here," said Combs.

"Everything's coming back together. There's a lot of people wanting to help," said Preacher.

If you would like to help with the relief efforts, you can contact the Madill Police Department at (580) 795-3535.

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