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Watch: Vice President Mike Pence tours Tulsa flood damage

Posted at 4:47 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 18:23:25-04

TULSA — Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tulsa on Tuesday, touring flood damage and visiting with families and volunteers affected by the storms in Northeast Oklahoma.

He was met with a warm welcome at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Vice President put together kits to feed families for four days.

This comes in the wake of the President's Major Disaster Declaration this week.

"I will take back to President Trump that the need here is real. The action he took here this last weekend was more than warranted," Vice President Pence said.

Governor Kevin Stitt joined the VP as they toured flood damage in Town and Country. Now FEMA is urging those in need to register for federal aid.

"The relationships my team has built with the White House has been invaluable as we got quick, quick response to get FEMA dollars here to northeast Oklahoma," Governor Stitt said.

For some, meeting the Vice President gave hope during an uncertain time.

"He gave me this coin because I'm really into politics and he said "give this to me whenever you get there." That meant a lot. That's going to stick with me for a long time," Jacinto Rodriguez said after his home was damaged by flooding.

Now the VP says all eyes are on Oklahoma.

"To be among people that have endured this and are now emptying out their homes, all their earthly possessions but still have the strength, the resilience, the smiles on their faces... Oklahoma is inspiring the nation," Vice President Pence said.

The Vice President said one of the things he was most impressed with was the amount of volunteers, mentioning the hundreds that jumped in to help over the last week.

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