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The Waco Tornado - Tragedy and Triumph
Waco Chamber of CommerceSound | 1953
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Using still photos and amateur footage taken by survivors, this film recalls the tragedy and acts of heroism that followed one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. A Native American legend about the location of Waco held that a tornado would never hit the area; on May 11, 1953, this legend proved false. Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on that fateful day, a powerful tornado touched down, cutting a path of devastation through the downtown area. The intensity of the storm was such that cars were tossed through the air and many buildings were completely demolished; in the aftermath 114 people had lost their lives, with over a thousand persons sustaining injuries. The reaction to the storm was swift, with the community, supported by military and law enforcement personnel, banding together to dig survivors from the wreckage and resurrect the city.