Rebuilding unlikely in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma town

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials who toured the faded mining town of Picher, Oklahoma, say federal aid will help tornado victims relocate, rather than rebuild.

More than 100 homes were leveled by a twister that tore through one of the nation's most polluted areas last weekend. It struck the heart of a federal Superfund site, where a government buyout of homes was already under way

Governor Brad Henry says the storm will likely speed up the buyout process, not delay it.

Paul Sharbutt, whose home of 40 years was heavily damaged, has been waiting to receive his buyout offer and says he is not looking forward to leaving.

After touring the wrecked town where seven people died, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff remarked that it looked "like a small nuclear bomb went off."

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