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Siouxland volunteers recall experience from Moore, Oklahoma

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When destruction hit Moore, Oklahoma, two volunteers from Onawa, Iowa made the trip to help. When destruction hit Moore, Oklahoma, two volunteers from Onawa, Iowa made the trip to help.
ONAWA, Iowa (KTIV) -

When destruction hit Moore, Oklahoma, two volunteers from Onawa, Iowa jumped up to help.

They say it looked more like a war zone.

When Shane Weber and Trisha Gibler of Onawa, Iowa heard about the destruction in Moore, Oklahoma, they decided it was time to help.

"At that time I didn't know what we'd be doing, but it didn't matter," said Shane Weber, volunteer.

They took off Monday night, and when they arrived, this is what they saw.

"I've never seen a big city that destroyed. I've never seen a city get destroyed like that," said Trisha Gibler, volunteer.

"Seeing the structures of a city completely crumbled to pieces was beyond what I expected," said Weber.

Setting shock aside, Weber and Gibler joined a group of volunteers, making their way through neighborhoods devastated by the EF 5 tornado.

Weber recalls the remarkable survival story of one woman.

"There was a car in her kitchen, and there was nothing left of the walls or anything but a slab of kitchen floor of the car in it, and she somehow made it out alive,' said Weber.

Volunteers worked hand in hand with homeowners looking for pictures, purses, even their pets.

One family, they said, was worried that they'd lost their dog.

"When we were leaving that neighborhood, we actually saw them chasing their dog, and it was scared and it was running through debris, running for everybody that tried to calm it down," said Gibler.

Weber and Gibler also helped out at this church, which had become an impromptu recovery spot for storm victims.

"Handed out toiletries, food, water, to people that were coming in, just rags on their back, that's all they had," said Weber.

Now at home, Weber and Gibler bring back words of long-lasting gratitude from those whose lives were changed in an instant.

"There were a lot of 'thank you's' and 'God bless you's' and just a lot of appreciation," said Gibler.

Weber and Gibler are both volunteer firefighters in Onawa.

The two were not asked to go nor did they go on behalf of the fire department.

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