Dozens Killed as Oklahoma Tornado Devastates Suburb

By Michael B. Marois, Mike Lee and Brian K. Sullivan - 2013-05-21T08:00:13Z

Photograph by Brett Deering/Getty Images

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‘Totally Destroyed’

Joe Johnson, Burton’s neighbor, was draped in an American flag and carried a satchel with a few clothes he had salvaged from his wrecked home.

“Everything from about 11th to 19th Street is totally destroyed,” he said.

The assistance approved by Obama includes grants to cover home repair and temporary housing costs, along with loans to help pay for uninsured property losses, the White House said.

Obama spoke last night with Fallin to offer assurances that the government is prepared to provide all available support to storm-response efforts. The Republican governor deployed 80 National Guard members for rescue duty and activated extra highway patrol officers, according to the Associated Press.

Left, Dana Ulepich searches inside a room left standing at the back of her house.

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