'We need help bad. We got a daycare that just got cremated...we got tons of babies in here': 911 calls of desperate and panicking Oklahoma tornado victims released

By Daily Mail Reporter

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The sounds of screaming children and terrified adults can be heard in the chilling audio of a 911 call from a daycare center in Moore, Oklahoma after the devastating storm on Monday. 

Police in Moore, where 24 people died, made available on Friday the recordings of a series of calls they received as confused residents tried to make sense of the natural disaster.

Frantic Oklahomans trapped in the rubble after the storm sought help from police, who tried to wade through the emergencies after the terrifying twister struck the Oklahoma City suburb.

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Aftermath

Aftermath: Edward Deuval, 59, hugs his granddaughter, Gracen Nowlin, 7, on Friday as the family moves forward after the devastating storm on Monday

Destroyed

Destroyed: John Cruise, 6, looks at the remains of his family's home in Moore, Oklahoma. 24 people died in the tornado

A male caller from the unidentified children's center phoned police in a frightening plea for help. 

'We got a daycare full of babies,' he said, as moaning and crying children are heard in the background.

 

'We need help bad. We need help bad. We got a daycare that just got cremated...we got tons of babies in here,' he continues, according to the audio obtained by CBS News.

'We need help bad,' he added, before hanging up.

The tornado hit the suburb at around at around 3pm and stayed on the ground for about 50 minutes.


Oklahoma strong

Oklahoma strong: Madalyn Gutierrez, 7, (center) and her 12-year-old sister Anna Gutierrez help their volunteer mother to carry a piece of debris to help a tornado-devastated home owner in Moore, Oklahoma

Tragic

Tragic: The tornado hit the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children were killed

In another call, a woman in a state of shock calls to ask about where the tornado is headed, seemingly as the tornado is headed in her direction. 

The dispatcher strongly encourages the caller to seek shelter immediately.

Frantic 911 calls from the terrified residents of Moore, Okla. reveal their fear after the storm

Caller: I'm right here in Moore
Dispatcher: What is wrong?
Caller: Where is the tornado at?
Dispatcher: Last we heard was 19th and Western
Caller: Oh My God
Dispatcher: You need to take shelter
Caller: I can't find a place 


Dispatcher: Moore 911
Caller: We got a daycare full of babies. We need help bad. We need help bad. We got a daycare that just got cremated
Dispatcher: Okay sir, where are you at?
Caller: We got tons of babies in here
Dispatcher: We'll get somebody out there
Caller: Alright we need help bad. Alright thank you


Caller: The tornado just hit us. We're trapped in the closet. There's stuff all on top of us. We can't get out
Dispatcher: Are you injured?
Caller: No, we just can't breathe

The caller, who sounded like an elderly woman, seems confused and repeats her exasperation as she seeks shelter.

The police were flooded with calls from terrified residents and officials on Monday worked to try to identify those who were injured and trapped.

One woman called in to tell police that the tornado had wiped out her home.

Though she was able to get out from under the rubble, her family members were alive but remained buried and she was unsure if she could help them out.

'Everything in front of us is completely is wiped out,' the caller told the dispatcher.

The dispatcher repeatedly asks if her family is trapped or if the woman can help them get free.

Groans from her family still under the debris are heard in the background as the caller tries to make sense of it all.

'I can't move, I can't move,' one of her family members repeatedly yells out as the woman tries to speak with the dispatcher.

Another woman who survived the tornado reports in another call that though she is safe and uninjured, she and a few others are stuck in their closet.

'The tornado just hit us, we're trapped in the closet. We can't get out.'

'We just can't breathe.'

Oklahoma is now working to recover from the deadly storm.

It left a 17-mile path of destruction and injured over 300 people. Estimates suggest the damage could cost between $1 to $3 billion.

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Are the parents who lost children in this disaster going to fly to football games with Obama on Air Force One? Will they visit the White House? Of course not....It's not the "right kind of disaster" to win political points. Obama should be "pulling out al the stops" to assist these people......Does gun violence win more votes?- Patrick , Belfast, --------------------------------------------------------- Quit trying to spread hatred Patrick. I'm sure the people of Oklahoma will treat the president with the same respect for the office they show every other president when he visits later today and will be grateful for the assistance already given by the federal government.

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Are the parents who lost children in this disaster going to fly to football games with Obama on Air Force One? Will they visit the White House? Of course not....It's not the "right kind of disaster" to win political points. Obama should be "pulling out al the stops" to assist these people......Does gun violence win more votes?

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Elle - I was simply pointing out that a newspaper should exercise some caution before quoting - especially in headlines-- terminology that simply doesn't reflect what happened. DM has done this twice in 24 hours. I thought I had made that clear when I said I understood people get panicked. Not nit picking. BTW, your own comment history shows a bit of nitpicking about what trainers should be called.

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I commend the dispatchers for showing compassion and patience to those in need of help! Can't help but think of how evasive and cold the dispatcher in Cleveland appeared to be...makes a huge difference to someone who's scared and alone.

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Instead of nit picking about what words were used try to put yourself in their shoes, they are in desperate need of assistance as a tornado has literally decimated (the word the caller probably meant) a whole community.

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I have to say it's amazing how people use the English language. Yesterday a woman being interviewed referred to the collapsed bridge in Washington State and said she witnessed "carnage" (no one died). Today this article reports someone saying that a day care had been cremated (I've checked on line news resources and see no mention of high temperature fires and day cares in Oklahoma). I understand that people get flustered in an emergency situation, but perhaps DM should resist reporting it? Newspapers are supposed to report facts that have been verified.....

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My gosh. RIP little angels and my prayers go out to their parents and families. My heart aches.

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