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OKC police correct damage estimate to 12K homes

3:52 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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MOORE, Oklahoma - Oklahoma City police have corrected a damage estimate from the tornado that swept through an Oklahoma City suburb.

At a news conference on Thursday, police spokesman Dexter Nelson misspoke when he said there were 1,200 homes damaged or destroyed by Monday's storm.

The department later released a statement confirming the error, saying their current estimate was 12,000.

Since Wednesday, officials have offered different estimates for the damage in Moore and nearby Oklahoma City.

Michelann Ooten is deputy director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. She says her office is still working to compile a damage estimate.

Authorities have estimated the damage to cost around $2 billion.

The Associated Press

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