Tornado's Other Victims

In the rubble heap at 4729 Street in Del City, Oklahoma, some children have managed to retrieve a few smiles. But only a few, because 4729 used to be grandma's house, CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod reports.

Lorena Lopez loved to play at grandma's house. "I used to have fun here," she says tearfully.

The kids of Oklahoma are crying, so are their parents and everyone's learning to do without what they valued most.

A pet emu crosses the street in Oklahoma. (CBS)
For Cody Robles it's the family dogs. "They were very special to us, all of us," he says.

Cody is not alone. The animal shelters are packed with every kind of dog, cat, bird and snake. Someone's even lost an emu.

For every sweet reunion, there are dozens more that may never happen. "It's spread out to everybody. No one facility can handle it all," says one shelter worker.

Lost kitten cries for its owner from a shelter cage. (CBS)
Including the kids sitting on the curb at 4729. Their parents don't think their dogs made it.

"God felt to do this. He wanted to do it, so he did. I think that sometimes, that his tornadoes get out of control and they just go without his permission," says Cody.

In Oklahoma, children along with the grown ups, are trying to make sense of the senseless, looking at life in a whole new way.


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