Oklahoma towns hit by EF-2 tornado prepare for winter storm less than a week later


    Oklahoma towns hit by EF-2 tornado prepare for winter storm less than a week later (KTUL)

    As winter storms roll into Oklahoma, tornado victims try to get damage to their homes patched and ready.

    Since Saturday morning, it's been non-stop clean up for Robert Brown whose house is now protected by tarps.

    "Unfortunately, the roof and all of the shingles and tar paper were gone, so it was just raining in there," said Brown.

    Brown and his wife weren't expecting to get hit by the EF-2 tornado.

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    "We didn't see anything and then the winds. Then, you really heard it spin up, and it got loud," said Brown.

    Fortunately, they were OK but realized their roof wasn't.

    "It was just raining in the house; our protective layer was just gone. So, we were sitting trash cans and buckets to try and get the heaviest part," explained Brown.

    Now, he's trying to prepare for the next weather threat.

    "I was just like, 'You got to be kidding me!' We don't need anymore," said Brown.

    He hopes the work to get his house to this point holds up, but knows this will slow down getting things back to normal not only for him but the whole town.

    Brown said, "I'm not going to get out and try to clean this stuff up in the snow and ice."

    That's where Blackgum Baptist Church said they'll step in.

    "I understand it's supposed to get bad," said Kenny Dell, a member.

    Dell said they're ready to help anyone whose power goes out or home is damaged by even more storms.

    "We're fixed here where we can bring in cots, and we have showers in our restrooms. So, we can take care of people," said Dell.

    Dell said that's what the church did when the tornado hit, and this time will be no different.

    "That's what we're here for -- to serve the community. We'll be here for whatever they need," said Dell.

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