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June Simson embraces her cat, Sammi, after finding him in the wreckage of her home on May 21 in Moore, Okla.
After a monstrous tornado tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City earlier this week, residents are now returning home to pick up what remains of their lives. Entire neighborhoods were rendered unrecognizable by the powerful EF-5 tornado, which killed 24 people, 9 of them children.
Tearful reunions with beloved pets — including an elderly survivor who miraculously found her dog during a live TV interview — are small but important victories in the wake of a disaster.
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Two small dogs rest on a table surrounded by debris as residents search for valuables in the wreckage on May 21.
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Derick Brock (right) from Mercy Chefs, a nonprofit organization that provides meals to victims of natural disasters, helps a man fold an American flag found in the debris of a house devastated by the tornado.
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