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FEMA approves 4 more Oklahoma counties for disaster assistance after flood, storms

Posted: 3:56 PM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-17 16:56:54-04
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the state's request for disaster assistance for four more Oklahoma counties impacted by flooding, tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds.

The disaster assistance covers storms that have occurred since May 7 in Cherokee, Le Flore, Noble and Nowata counties.

Previously approved for FEMA assistance were Canadian, Creek, Delaware, Kay, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

"The designation makes available federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance, and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs," according to the program.

To apply for disaster assistance individuals and business owners may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov . FEMA will also have Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams on site in the declared counties listed above to help people register for FEMA aid.

According to Stitt's office, FEMA did not approve three counties included in the state’s request for aid: Beaver, Custer and Seminole.

"It is important that homeowners, renters and business owners in Beaver, Custer and Seminole counties contact FEMA to report their damages in order to provide data that will guide the state in its next steps to help these communities," a news release says.

The state says it will continue to request additional counties be added as damage assessments are completed.

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