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WASHINGTON – A handful of Oklahoma counties are included in a disaster declaration from the White House after a winter storm moved through the state last month.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal aid is available to tribal, state and private organizations that were affected by a storm on Dec. 5, 2013.

Federal funding is available for those groups in Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties.

Sandy Coachman, FEMA’s coordinating officer for the area, said further funding may be given if the damage warrants it.