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OK Governor Fallin Tours Moore

Moore, Ok_Governor Mary Fallin returned to Moore today to tour the devastation that is expected to take years to repair. 

She was joined by the mayor of Moore, Glenn Lewis.  They toured one of the harder-hit neighborhoods, and got updates from state and federal officials on the progress of the cleanup. 

The governor promised continued support as the city rebuilds from the May 20th tornado.

For one Moore resident, the governor's visit was a welcome surprise. Not too long into the governor's tour, she was coaxed into stopping by a woman named Kay Bailey. She and her dog survived the tornado in her bathroom, but her home was destroyed.

"I just took it upon myself to see if I could walk up to her to walk up to the governor and thank her personally," said Bailey.

She said since May 20th, several state agencies have helped her get back on her feet, so it's good to see the person partially responsible for that.  "I think it shows in my face how it makes me feel," shared Bailey.

Governor Fallin said the spirit of Oklahoma can be seen where plaza elementary school once stood.  "It's a great saying...pray Moore and hope Moore."

She says it's the reason for her trips to the hardest hit areas. "We have not forgotten that there still is a tremendous need in these communities and that we will be there until the job is finished, help provide the resources, collaborate with local state and federal entities to make sure we are taking care of the needs of our citizens," Fallin said.

And while recovery may be slow, Governor Fallin remains confident that her fellow Oklahomans will not rest until the city is rebuilt.  "Oklahoma is strong, we're passionate, we're resilient, we get busy, we get to work, we do what needs to be done," said Fallin.

The legislature has already earmarked $45,000,000 out of the rainy day fund for storm recovery.  However, Governor Fallin encourages Oklahomans to do their part, by visiting the area and spending money at any of the businesses still open.

Next week, Governor Fallin plans to visit more areas hit by last month's tornadoes. 

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