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A Fox's -- only -- Acuna.
Is standing outside this flattened school Alicia what's the very latest on the recovery efforts there.
Hi Sean well there are still under way here you can see it's incredibly busy here we've seen.
Top officials from the coroner's office here doing their work there are rescue workers.
Going into that was flattened out -- you believe that there aren't they believe at least 24 children their teachers as well inside that rubble we've seen rescuers going in there -- their search dogs coming in we've seen piles of jackets children's clothing.
That sort of thing and all along this is if you can believe in a neighborhood this is right smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood we've been watching these watching people.
Walk around -- everything they.
Have been a lot of what they have just fits into a few bags.
It fits into a suitcase or two and they're just wandering through the streets that are now just filled with mud and it's all kind of the same -- just -- kind of color much.
Now we did meet sergeant retired army sergeant.
-- gamble and I mean introduce again because we met him because we.
We drove by the league park immediately realize we were part.
And what was his driveway.
And I -- For survival so you just from all of us -- sorry we are.
But we did notice that American flag there and there's a story behind that flag that you hung right there on -- which is hard to see folks right now but we'll just tell you about it.
I was out of town when this happened.
So I'm coming back into this and I've seen a lot of I've been overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan -- a lot of a lot of chaos and -- like this is and that flag has been on several deployments.
I'm -- and I -- Everywhere I go all taken.
And I would hang it up somewhere either in my -- hungry and I drummers.
That flag and a lot of you know meaning to it.
That you like to say it was it was part of who I was now.
And made it -- a couple of hurricanes as well get through a couple of hurricanes when I was stationed up there in.
Fort Lewis -- that CNN San Diego scenes and friends of mine and it made it through my C -- and -- I'm -- and I found the it's been through a couple of hurricanes.
Afghanistan's -- And now a tornado.
Tell me about when you first came into his I don't we don't know this area of and we were shocked if you live here tell us about coming through this entire area.
This this neighborhoods -- Really quiet.
And everybody kind of knows it's a good neighborhood everybody watches out for each other's.
By the market want Santa Fe and or street that was as far as they would let me and then walked in and as I'm walking around that Mark Warner plus all that part of the jungle gym and the playground and that's cool.
And hi I knew the rest of the -- was gone I was actually out of town when this happened I was.
And I heard on the radio.
And I just stayed must -- you stay west of -- school.
And when I -- -- on the video watching video on my phone and I saw the helicopter flyover and taking him the school.
That was my -- That was my first glimpse of what I was gonna walk into.
-- -- You do a lot of combat since that's been happening for a lot of years and seeing a lot of chaos and seeing a lot of destruction look like the.
But it really doesn't hit and you know you're doing good things.
For so many.
Think it really doesn't hit you until it's her -- -- And when I walked up the street and I saw the school and I started helping people out that's how the school stuff and walked over here.
And come home to that.
You pick up what she can pick up -- -- which which you can salvage.
You thank god that.
He has another plan for because I -- Normally would have been at the house at that time.
And if I had been a wooden and here right now.
They the rest my roommate Alice Cornet.
He would -- -- and just got into the house.
I was on the phone with -- since I see the tornado out of the garage -- come down that was the last time I'd seen.
Next door neighbors had pulled him out of he had gotten into that put a blanket over my Dresser had come from my bedroom through two walls.
And landed on the to where it was -- a -- on the and pretty much saved him from the house basically demolished and here your -- -- protected him yet.
And hit it they came they pulled him out he didn't -- to.
Hospital facilities can get from what I understand I've had five birdies doing good.
That's a broken birds and you know broken lives and homes and -- it -- be he said he's -- pick it easily and I'm an army were resilient we.
This is what we did here.
-- our our best -- your roommate and everyone here thank you very much sir thank you thank you.
And also one other story -- right toss it back -- was what I was talking to a woman is wandering through here just looking for her mother in law.
Because the mother in law and ran into the laundry room with -- nieces nephews and a bunch -- other family members and the tornado she said he would pick them up.
And through the entire family into a ditch.
And they managed to find everybody else -- -- into the hospital but they're still.
Looking for that mother in -- and that sort of represents story for so many people here wandering through these sticks that war once neighborhoods time next.
Police were asking -- we we had these reports from the 8 PM elsewhere tonight that these 24 children more believed dead at the plaza towers elementary school.
And we mention that there is an ongoing search and rescue effort we could see going on behind you are we talking about the same 24 kids to you know.
From what I understand yes and you know how this happened -- -- you know these numbers start coming in from what I understand the same 24 kids.
That's the latest this kind of thing changes all the time and it's even more delicate you know when we're talking about children.
And you look at this violent pile of rubble here and it's so difficult.
Compromise we understand they believe teachers could be in there as well which would make complete and total sense.
But they have so many people here -- -- searching and they have the Johnson -- well.
As of darkness comes they're gonna continue to work from what we understand.
And hopefully the skies will be little kinder to this area tonight so they can continue their work and it won't get all the more dangerous.
And then in the morning hopefully we'll have a clear numbers but there are a lot of parents out there who don't have answers because they don't have their babies right now.
You know -- know and only sure losing light obviously as we look behind you there and the search rescue recovery it will continue into the evening you can tell us.
-- the night yes for.
That that's what we understand that they will continue to do this in their continuing to bring cruising you heard that the governor did activate at least.
Eighty National Guard members we do understand that there are also people from Colorado I believe Texas who have offered to come in and help.
I don't know if those are from different military agencies -- not sure exactly where they're coming from but there are volunteers.
They are having -- local time juggling everything because he's you can imagine the traffic here is absolutely terrible we had quite a time just getting back into here because.
You have residents who -- trying to get in and out some people are.
We're out of town like -- gamble.
He was out of town he had to get in and then there are other people who -- here they're collecting their belongings in and they are trying to get out.
So you have a lot going on here in the meantime you have a lot of clean of it has to begin.
And -- while all of that is going on they are still trying to find people underneath all of this.
-- unbelievable and in the midst of tragedy you have incredible heroism.
A community coming together Alicia Acuna on the ground there outside the plaza towers elementary school.
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