One year since Broken Arrow tornado: rebuilding process continues for victims after homes destroyed

BROKEN ARROW -- Today marks one year since an EF-2 tornado tore through part of Broken Arrow. 

That tornado packed winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, destroying homes and business. Six businesses were damaged in the EF-2 tornado and 36 residential homes were torn apart  by the blustering winds.

2NEWS viewer Richard Waters captured these images of the tornado one year ago as it moved across Tulsa into Broken Arrow.

This photo was taken May 30, 2013 at 8:37 p.m.

This photo was taken May 30, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

This photo was taken May 30, 2013 at 8:40 p.m.

PHOTOS: May 30 storms and damage

The Russell family were among those affected in the Rolling Meadows Estate in Broken Arrow. The family took shelter under a staircase in their home. When they emerged most of their house was in shambles.

The rebuilding process began with the Red Cross coming to aid the victims  of the storm.

Families are starting to move back into their new homes, but many say the last year has been tough.

"Going through all your belonging," Lorey Perrier said. "Taking pictures of your, kids things that were their babies', when they were babies, and you have to throw them in the trash."

Perrier's home was one of several in the tornado's path . She and her family moved into their new home just last month, which was rebuilt in the same spot. 

"[This is] family land... And we lived here for 15 years, the first time and loved it and its home. It's home. Even though this is a totally different house; it was still home the day we walked back into it."

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