A Wausau family is closely watching the situation in Oklahoma. That's because they have a strong connection to that state.The Snow family moved to Wausau last year, but they still have close ties to the Moore, Oklahoma area.In fact, their grandma still lives just a mile and a half from where the tornado hit."We could hear the roar of this monster. Mean, mean monster," said Doris Crain. Her niece and nephew Aaron and Trisha Snow told Newsline 9 it was scary watching the situation unfold in Oklahoma earlier this week, with Doris living so close by.But Doris wasn't at home when the storm arrived."So Where were you when the tornado hit?" Aaron snow asked his grandma while chatting with her over the Internet on Wednesday.Turns out, she was at a nearby chapel for a funeral. She said about halfway through the service, someone yelled for everyone to take cover."Everybody got up and went to halls and bathrooms and any place they could find away from windows and doors," said Crain.She told Newsline 9 during a phone interview that she immediately started praying. About 45 minutes later, she couldn't believe the devastation.
"It was actually about 9 or 10 blocks from the church," she said.Her son, George Crain, has since driven from Colorado to help with clean-up efforts."The scope just got worse and worse and worse and by the time I went to bed that night I had resolved to come down and help," he said.Doris said she feels blessed after seeing so many who have lost everything.
"There's so many people that are traumatized and suffering," she said.
Here in Wausau, the Snow's said they're just glad their grandma is OK.
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