In southeast Oklahoma City on Thursday, more than a dozen people were injured by a forceful tornado, some of them critical.
Many folks also lost their businesses and homes. The damage is severe at the Roadrunner RV Park.
Ninety-five percent of the RVs are totaled, KFOR-TV reports, either flipped on their side or turned upside down.
All of the residents have been accounted for.
“Just thank God there’s no causalities so far,” said Ray Doonkeen, RV Park Owner.
Ray Doonkeen has owned the RV Park near S.E. 48th & Interstate 35 with his dad for the past 27 years.
“We have a lot of permanent people that live here, we’ve gotten to know them and I feel so sorry for them,” said Doonkeen.
Fire crews first on scene called the tornado aftermath “organized chaos,” working quickly to search for survivors, like a 17-year-old boy trapped under debris from the knees down.
“We had to pull some hydraulic bags and lift them up off of him and get him pulled out of there. He had some pretty good trauma to his lower body,” said Chief Tammy McKinney.
Five people were critically injured, a handful more had serious injuries, and many others were treated on scene for cuts and bruises.
The RV park includes a community shelter on-site.
“There were 27 in the shelter; it could’ve held more, plus some of them took cover in the bathrooms,” said Doonkeen.
That shelter saved many lives.
“The destruction is a lot more worse and serious then I imagined,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.