Our Views: Healing starts in Oklahoma

As hurricane survivors, many of us in south Louisiana are painfully familiar with the damage that bad weather can bring to a community. That’s why we have a special sympathy for Oklahoma residents as they recover from a huge tornado that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, killing a number of people and injuring many others.

We know that the people of Oklahoma are being reminded of what south Louisiana residents have already learned firsthand: When weather disasters strike, fellow Americans — and even those beyond America — are willing to offer help and comfort through the dark hours.

Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma as they survey the aftermath of this disaster and begin their march toward recovery. Like any disaster, the Oklahoma tornado reminded all of us once again that life is precious, and that our most valuable treasures are the bonds we share with those we love.

This promises to be a difficult summer of repair and renewal for the people of Oklahoma, and we’re pulling for them. They’ll need our support, even after the cameras and the news vans have left.