Calera declares disaster situation after tornado
CALERA, Okla. (KTEN) — Cleanup is underway in Calera after a tornado ripped through Bryan County last Friday.
Mayor Brenton Rucker declared the city in an emergency disaster situation on Monday.
Calera Emergency Management said at least five homes were damaged in the storm. One has been deemed unlivable. Seventh Street was hit particularly hard.
"My grandson come running out and said the tree is down," said Candi Bias. "I said, 'Oh my!' And I come to the front door, and I did notice that, and everything else fell apart. Our neighbors were pretty much destroyed."
Though Bias's home escaped damage, one of her late father's willow trees was not as lucky.
"They're sentimental trees, both of these trees," Bias said. "Thank goodness that one didn't get touched, because I would have been a nervous wreck, because that was my father's... it was his favorite tree."
The Baker family got a front row seat during the storm as a tree fell onto a power line, delaying dismissal at the high school.
"I thought it got hit by lightning or something at first, but the winds were so high that it just cracked over," Kaden Baker said.
When they emerged, they found their trampoline stuck in a tree.
"And then when the tornado came, it just flew," Bentley Baker said.
The disaster declaration allows for resources to be reallocated towards debris removal and other recovery efforts. It will continue until Monday, November 14, unless the mayor opts for an extension.
Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency for Bryan County, among other Oklahoma counties.