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Oklahoma tornado victims returning to homes

Residents of Moore, Okla., are returning to homes left in pieces by Monday

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MOORE, Okla. (AP) -Residents of Moore, Okla., who are returning to homes left in pieces by Monday's tornado are finding humor wherever they can.

An 83-year-old grandmother walked with her son and grandsons through what was left of her home. Part of the roof was in the front yard, and the siding from the front of the house was gone.

When a grandson found her keys, Colleen Arvin laughed and said, "Oh thank God. We can get in the house."

Some neighborhoods were left flattened by the twister that stretched some 1.3 miles wide at points.

It was the fourth tornado to hit Moore since 1998. Monday's twister killed at least 24 people.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says U.S. officials are "going neighborhood to neighborhood" to make sure Oklahoma gets the help it needs.

FEMA's Craig Fugate promises in an interview that officials won't desert Oklahoma, saying "We don't leave here when the cameras leave. We stay here and get the job done."

Fugate tells CNN that the agency has enough money to assist the people of Moore, Okla., who were caught in the path of destruction as the nearly 1.3-mile-wide twister struck Monday afternoon. He says officials will work aggressively to help people find temporary housing and says FEMA is working with other officials to get services restored.

The emergency management director arrived in the state Tuesday, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is due there Wednesday.

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