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NORMAN, Okla. (WOOD) - An Allegan man among the West Michigan volunteers in Oklahoma helping with tornado recovery said he was surprised at how high spirits are.
Tony VanDyke has stepped up to the plate before, helping in the aftermath of hurricanes Irene, Isaac and Sandy, and during the flooding West Michigan experienced in April. But this is the first tornado disaster area he has been to.
He is working for the Red Cross at a multi-agency recovery center in Norman, helping victims who have lost prescriptions or medical equipment get what they need.
He said most of the people he's talked with have positive attitudes. Family and friends have pulled together to help one another.
But for some, reality is just beginning to set in.
"I've seen a couple of cases where it is not even hitting them until now. I've had a couple where they break down as soon as they start the interview, but they are grateful that there is people here to help them out," VanDyke said over the phone.
The group from West Michigan will be there for at least two weeks. Some volunteers may stay longer.
Ten people have filed a class action suit against Mercantile Bank, alleging the bank discriminated against minority business owners.
A camera mounted on a tow truck caught an example of a common incident Tuesday: a vehicle sliding off the road.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies worked together Tuesday evening to chase down an alleged van thief, despite slippery roads.