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May 21st, 2013
07:26 PM ET

Oklahoma official: We'll come back stronger

Rescue and recovery teams have been working around the clock in the hopes of finding more survivors from Monday's deadly tornado. While their work has been both grim and exhausting, there is still a defiant spirit in the community of Moore, Oklahoma, to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

The death toll currently stands at 24.

"We feel confident that it's going to remain at that number," said Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy, confirming that at least seven of the reported dead are children.

"Our chiefs, and the Oklahoma City Police Chief, indicate everyone has been found," said Eddy.

While the focus now is on the loss of life and the injured, the tornado will take a huge financial toll on the city. Insurance claims for Monday's  tornado will likely top $1 billion, according to an official with the Oklahoma insurance commission.

But Eddy says Moore will "absolutely" recover from this storm, saying that the city suffered similar devastation after tornadoes hit the region in 1999, and 2003.

"And we've come back stronger than before, every time," said Eddy.


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