Moore EF5 Tornado Update: More than 56,000 tons of debris cleared in central Oklahoma

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — More than 56,000 tons of debris has been removed from neighborhoods in Moore as the city reaches the one-month mark since a deadly tornado carved through the Oklahoma City suburb on May 20.

City manager Steve Eddy said Wednesday a total of 56,550 tons of debris had been cleared.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid for 85 percent of the cost of debris removal through Wednesday, when the share was reduced to 80 percent.

The 80-20 federal-local match will continue for another 30 days. After that, the federal share of the cleanup cost will drop to the traditional 75 percent.

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The new sliding scale was implemented after Superstorm Sandy to expedite debris removal and cleanup.

Nineteen neighborhoods in Moore were affected by the EF5 tornado.

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