President Obama visits destruction in Moore
BOSTON (WHDH)--President Obama visited the city of Moore on Sunday, providing comfort to the people who lost everything in the devastating storms last week and toured the damaged areas.
Even before landing, President Obama got a firsthand look at the destruction left by last week's tornado.
Touring some of the hardest hit areas, Obama met with local officials, residents, and first responders.
He also walked through the ruins of Plaza Towers Elementary School where seven children lost their lives.
The president made special mention of the heroes who have emerged from this tragedy.
"From the forecasters who issued the warnings, to the first responders who dug through the rubble, to the teachers who shielded with their own bodies, their students. Oklahomans have inspired us with their love and their courage, and their fellowship," President Obama said.
Miles of homes and businesses were leveled in the tornado's path.
Oklahoma's Governor, Mary Fallin appreciated the swift, initial response from the federal government, but said her state still needs help getting resources to rebuild.
"Basically, what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster," Fallin said.
President Obama reassured the community that they are not alone, and encouraged fellow Americans to do their part.
"I want to urge every American to step up. If I have got one message for folks here today, go online, donate to the American Red Cross.”
The Oklahoma insurance department said that claims related to last week’s storms will likely top two billion dollars.