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Oklahoma Spirit Comes Through In Osage County Storm Recovery

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No one was hurt, but property was damaged outside Pawhuska in Osage County. No one was hurt, but property was damaged outside Pawhuska in Osage County.
Osage County resident Steve Venturi works with fencing that was knocked down Tuesday night. Osage County resident Steve Venturi works with fencing that was knocked down Tuesday night.
Volunteers and property owners clean up debris from Tuesday's storm. Volunteers and property owners clean up debris from Tuesday's storm.
Volunteer Jeff Oien said people from his home state of California would have relied on government agencies - not themselves or their neighbors - to help them out. Volunteer Jeff Oien said people from his home state of California would have relied on government agencies - not themselves or their neighbors - to help them out.

Craig Day, News On 6

OSAGE COUNTY, Oklahoma -- People in Osage County are also cleaning up storm damage. No one was hurt, but several homes are damaged West of Pawhuska.

Osage County, with its rolling hills and open sky, is a beautiful place. But on Wednesday, storm victims are facing the often ugly reality of living in tornado alley.

"I expected it someday; I knew someday it could happen," said storm victim Steve Venturi.

As the wind picked up and his house started shaking, Steve Venturi was more concerned about his pets and horses, than himself.

"It happens too fast to get scared," he said.

His animals are ok, but his home isn't. Venturi is left cleaning up after the storm knocked down fences, toppled trees, and damaged his house.

It's one of seven homes on both sides of Highway 60 West of Pawhuska with damage.

Jeff Oien moved here from California two years ago. This is the closest he's ever been to a tornado, and he's never witnessed the kind of spirit Oklahomans exhibit after a storm.

"Oklahomans are just amazing people," said Jeff Oien, a volunteer with the clean up. "Nothing gets them down, they have incredible spirit."

The damage is limited to a small geographic area, but a big cleanup job is underway. Friends, neighbors and even total strangers are all working together to make a difference.

"I loved California, but this would never have happened there," Oien said. "You would have been watching for looters, or they would have called FEMA or the National Guard."

So despite what happened - and although it's ugly now - there is something of beauty other than the Osage County countryside as Oklahomans help each other down the road to recovery.

"I can't complain. I'm not going to complain," said Steve Venturi, an Osage County resident whose home was damaged Tuesday night.

"The people of Oklahoma are amazing," said Jeff Oien, a California transplant helping with the storm clean up.

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