Wichita Native Living In Moore Spent Hours Trying To Find Husband

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Wichita woman who has lived in Moore, Oklahoma for the past three years is staying with her mother in Wichita after that tornado destroyed most of her neighborhood.

Kayla Pyles and her husband John are both from Wichita, they just got married here in April. About three years ago, they moved together to Moore, Oklahoma for work.

When the tornado broke out Pyles was at work. Her husband was at home, asleep.

"I finally managed to get a hold of my husband. I called him and told you need to wake up, you're getting ready to get hit you need to take cover immediately,” Pyles said.

That was the last time she spoke to him for hours. When she couldn't reach him by phone, she and a friend headed straight for their neighborhood. They tried to drive there, but traffic was at a standstill. After a few hours, they parked the car and started walking the two miles to their homes...

"People carrying children, people crying people screaming, debris everywhere,” Pyles described the scene.

Once she actually got to her street, Pyles says she saw two things: her house, damaged but still standing and her husband John in the front yard.

"Unreal, it was like seeing him at the altar for the first time. It was just the most overjoying moment ever just to know that the only person that I have down there that's my family is alive and well,” Pyles said.

Pyle’s home doesn't have power, or running water and she says most everyone in the neighborhood has evacuated. Her husband is staying with friends in Edmond while he continues to work at Tinker Air Force Base. She's staying with her mother in Wichita until he sends word it's safe to come home.

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