Small groups allowed back into neighborhood


Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan told Stony Brook residents at an afternoon news conference that he would allow small groups at a time to enter the neighborhood.

Dolan said groups of 15 residents would be allowed in at a time to get personal belongings.

About 200 homes are in the community and Dolan says about half of those could be condemned. Residents will not be allowed to visit their home if it is condemned.

It is not known when residents will be allowed to return to live because there is no power.

"We need to get the power restored, make sure it's not dangerous in some areas," he said.

Many of the residents are just waiting with no place to go, but the Chief says it's still just too unsafe for anyone to walk around the mobile home park. That?s why only small groups are being escorted in to retrieve necessities.

"Serious injures happen afterwards because people don't take the precautions," Dolan said. "Right now, some of the trailers are unstable. They may actually fall off their footings."

Despite the danger, residents are anxious to see what they can salvage.

"We don't know actually where we're going to live," Aaron Valle said.

Another resident, who is not stranger to natural disasters, says Saturday's tornadoes live up to some of the nation's most devastating storms.

"I cleaned up Hurricane Katrina and I cleaned up after Hurricane Ike and the devastation in this park right here it's on that same level, its total devastation in some areas there's homes that are just missing," resident Bill Sloop said.

Sloop says his family jumped in their car as they heard the tornado approaching and when they returned minutes later, their neighborhood was leveled.

Three young boys were killed when a tree crashed on their home during the storm.

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"We found the little girl, the 6-month-old that was injured, and I assisted her as much as I could until the rest of the paramedics and fire department could get here," Sloop said. "We found the little boys, but we knew they were already expired, so I mean there was nothing we could do with that."

Sloop knew the three boys who lost their lives -- 8-year-old Osvaldo Coronado and his 3-year-old brother Levin and their cousin 9-year-old Daniel Nino. Daniel's 6-month-old sister is currently in critical condition.

"Just a few minutes before the tornado came through they were riding on their little cars and stuff and just having a good time like children do," said resident Sherry Sloop.

Residents who need somewhere to stay are encouraged to go to the Heritage High School emergency shelter in Wake Forest. The shelter allows pets with their owners.

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