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Oklahoma officials ask for 15 additional counties to be approved for public assistance

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve public assistance for 15 other Oklahoma counties following May storms.

In May, much of the state was plagued with damage from tornadoes, hail and flooding.

On Tuesday, FEMA approved assistance for the following counties:

  • Canadian
  • Carter
  • Choctaw
  • Coal
  • Le Flore
  • Love
  • Murray
  • Okmulgee
  • Pottawatomie

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management asked for 15 other counties to be approved for public assistance.

So far, FEMA has not approved those counties for aid.

Those counties are as follows:

  • Adair
  • Beckham
  • Caddo
  • Comanche
  • Creek
  • Garvin
  • Jackson
  • Logan
  • McCurtain
  • McIntosh
  • Marshall
  • Muskogee
  • Pushmataha
  • Sequoyah
  • Washita.

So far, 25 counties have been approved by FEMA for public assistance. Also, 13 counties have been approved by FEMA for individual assistance.

Public assistance makes federal funding available to municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives for repairs and costs associated with the storms.

All counties that are now approved for public assistance are as follows:

  • Atoka
  • Bryan
  • Canadian
  • Carter
  • Choctaw
  • Cleveland
  • Coal
  • Cotton
  • Grady
  • Haskell
  • Hughes
  • Johnston
  • Latimer
  • Le Flore
  • Love
  • McClain
  • Murray
  • Okfuskee
  • Okmulgee
  • Pittsburg
  • Pontotoc
  • Pottawatomie
  • Seminole
  • Stephens
  • Tillman.

Individual assistance approves federal assistance for housing repairs, temporary housing and U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair damaged property.

So far, 13 counties have been approved by FEMA for individual assistance. They are as follows:

  • Atoka
  • Bryan
  • Comanche
  • Cleveland
  • Grady
  • Johnston
  • Kiowa
  • Le Flore
  • McClain
  • McCurtain
  • Oklahoma
  • Pittsburg
  • Pottawatomie.

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