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Storm damage won't force residents to move

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GERONIMO, OK (KSWO) –Residents are cleaning up debris and digging through the damage in Geronimo after an early morning storm pounded the town with large hail and 70 mph winds.

Many homes were either damaged or destroyed, the elementary school lost a small portion of its room and several animals were also injured when the storm that swept through.

Two of the people that had their homes damaged because of the storm say even though their homes are gone, they plan on rebuilding and staying in the Geronimo area.

Feliciana Neito's home was damaged in the storm when part of the elementary school's roof flew off and hit her home. Neito says she doesn't know where she's going to live, but doesn't want to move out of Geronimo.

"I've been real happy in this town. I've been real happy since I've been here," Neito said.

With the metal draped over her house, she will have to find somewhere else to live for now.

"I feel real hurting, because I don't have a home," Neito said.

Michael Henning had damage to his property when the last storm went through three weeks ago, but it wasn't as extensive as it is this time.

"I just got all that fixed and cleaned up, and then this happened. So, it is what it is. I'll be alright. I'm not hurt and that's all I care about,” Henning said.

Henning had multiple family members helping out early Thursday morning. He plans on staying with family for the time being. Henning's children set up a GoFundMe page to help out with expenses.

The owner of a horse training facility, James Tisdel, says the facility was also damaged because of the storm. Multiple horses were injured and are being treated and assessed.

"I have one I have real worries on. I mean, I'm concerned about him, but I'm going to let the vet make the call on what we are going to do with him," Tisdel said.

The mayor says the community came together after the first storm, and they are coming together now to help each other.

"I think we've come along from the first one very well and I expect us to come to through this one extremely well also. It just takes a lot of hard work and the community getting together, and we'll make it through," said Mayor Kevin Bayman.

Residents are also receiving help from the American Red Cross, Comanche County  Emergency Management and Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Red Cross set up comfort stations in Geronimo and Sulphur for anyone that needed it.

As of right now, they don't have a dollar estimate yet of the amount of damage done. The mayor says they are still compiling all of the reports and examining it.

You can see a slideshow of the damage from the storm here.

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