Thursday, December 17, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the state of Oklahoma has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government related to the winter storm that began Nov. 25.
If approved, federal funding would be available to assist municipalities, counties, rural electric cooperatives and the state with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm.
Counties in the request are Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Washita and Woods.
According to preliminary damage assessments, the storm resulted in an estimated $19.7 million in damages and response costs in these counties alone.
The storm resulted in power outages for more than 125,000 homes and businesses statewide, as well as dangerous travel conditions in some areas. The storm is blamed for two deaths.
Additional counties may be added to the request at a later date should conditions warrant.