Picher Resident Picking Up Pieces

Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 8:05 pm
By: News On 6

It was the sweetest sound that could be heard after a terrible twister. The songbird soundtrack soothed, but didn't take away the shock of the storm. 

"When my sister brought me out here to look through this, I got out of the car and just started crying," said Sally Lane. "I couldn't believe it was really going to hit Picher. When I heard that noise I thought it was going to hit Picher."

It's a stunning reality for 71-year-old Sally Lane. She lived in her Picher home for more than 30 years and now she's picking up the pieces.

"This one, I'm so proud to have that one because my husband gave it to me," said Lane, finding a Bible given to her by her late husband. "That means a lot to me it really does. It was the last Bible he bought me and I don't want to lose that."

Sally's story is also about survival. When the storm struck, she went to her bath tub while the tornado tore through her home.

"My sliding glass door came in there and pinned me against the tub," said Lane. "I couldn't have got out if it wasn't for my neighbor. I kept calling, ‘help me, help me.' I knew I didn't have a roof. I looked up and could see the sky."

Now Sally's salvaging everything from couch cushions to coins, not knowing what's next.

"I have no idea what I'm going to do. I'm just going to play it by ear and let the Lord take care of it because I don't know, I really don't," said Lane.

By Kyle Dierking, NewsOn6.com