People return 2 days after tornado
Updated On: May 22 2013 11:45:29 PM EDT
Residents living in Moore, Okla. returned home two days after an EF5 tornado ripped through their town.
One family found their pet cat hiding inside a mattress. They were also looking for a wedding ring.
"We're going to find it. It's in here somewhere," said Wes Campbell.
"My son and daughter-in-law and grandson were in that closet right there," said Nita Campbell. "We were in the front with them when they started screaming."
Campbell collected passports from the rubble that used to be her home.
"We'll take one day at a time. We're family. We'll pull together until we get this done," she said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also toured the devastation there Wednesday.
"We know that people are really hurting. There is still a recovery yet to do," she said.
Authorities identified 18 of the 24 victims. Of the dead, 10 are children, including two infants. Seven of them were killed in the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
"When I got to the school, it was completely gone. It was just rubble," said Joshua Hornsby, the father of 9-year-old Jenae.
Hornsby said he got caught in traffic as he drove to the school when the storm approached.
Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary School were both leveled by the storm. Neither had safe rooms, as they weren't among the schools to get FEMA funding to build a place for students and faculty to ride out storms.
But everyone at Briarwood survived.
"The tornado went in and I was so afraid that I was hanging on to one of the desks," said one girl.