President flies over West, some residents still waiting to go home

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 6:26 PM

WEST, Texas - Over mounds of destruction and damaged homes, President Obama circled West before making his way south to Waco for the memorial service.

In West, many who didn't attend the service are still waiting to see what's left of their homes.

As they registered for re-entry at the public library, some paused to watch the memorial service on monitors outside of the community center

Garage doors ripped out of place and piles of fallen bricks mark many of the homes on the northeast side of town. People who live in the area closest to the blast, dubbed zone 3, still haven't been let in; leaving them to only imagine the destruction they'll find.

"He's eager to get in there and see what there is," Roxanne Stoker said, about her son.

Stoker flew in from Iowa to help her son and grandchildren who live in zone 3.

"As a mother, it's horrible to be so far away and get that call," Stoker said.

She said her son is a single dad who only lived in his home on Jane Street for 3-and-a-half weeks

"I had just received a letter form my granddaughter three days before it happened, saying how happy she was to be in the home," Stoker said.

The family isn't sure what's left of the home, but if they have to start over, she says, that's okay.

"For him, he's just so glad to have the girls safe and OK and everything else is second," she said.

The city says crews are working tirelessly to make sure the neighborhoods are safe for re-entry, but can't say what day residents will be able to return.

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