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Feds Approve Public Assistance for May Storms (Jun 21, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A dozen Oklahoma counties battered by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in late May have been approved for public assistance from the federal government.

State officials said the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday granted Gov. Mary Fallin's request for public assistance.

The approved counties are Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Jefferson, Kingfisher, LeFlore, Logan, Major, McClain and Osage.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management estimate infrastructure damage, debris removal and response costs for those 12 counties at about $15 million.

Eleven people, including two young boys, were killed as a result of twisters that roared across the state on May 24. Hundreds of homes and businesses also were damaged or destroyed.

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