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Okla. Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration (Apr 18, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration for Woodward County in the wake of a tornado that killed six people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

Fallin said Wednesday the designation would provide federal assistance to individuals and businesses in the tornado-ravaged area.

Preliminary damage assessments conducted over the weekend found the storm affected 224 homes and businesses in the county. Of those, 73 were destroyed, 22 had major damage and 21 had minor damage.

If the request is approved, those who had damage will be eligible for assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing; U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans to repair or replace damaged property; disaster unemployment assistance and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.


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