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OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents in Tulsa and Cleveland counties who were affected by the tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred March 25-26.

Last month’s tornadoes and storms resulted in four deaths and 26 people suffering injuries that required treatment at area hospitals. Damage assessments showed 1,047 homes and businesses were damaged in the tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred March 25-26.

Governor Mary Fallin requested that Tulsa and Cleveland counties be declared federal disasters by FEMA in a letter to the White House on April 1.

The Governor’s office announced that the request was denied by FEMA on April 6.

In a letter to Gov. Fallin, FEMA states that “the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies.”

Fallin then requested aid from the SBA. With its decision to grant her request, businesses and homeowners in Canadian, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Wagoner and Washington counties will all be able to apply for assistance.

 

“This most recent storm was devastating to many families and businesses,” said Fallin. “I’m glad the SBA recognized the need to step-up and help the recovery effort. This disaster assistance will provide some much-needed help to families and businesses that are working to rebuild and recover.”

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is June 8. The deadline to return economic injury applications is January 7.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application here.

Find out more information at http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

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