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Gov. Fallin tours counties hit hard by flooding, declaring Oklahoma under a State of Emergency

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OKLAHOMA -- Governor Mary Fallin has declared all of Oklahoma under a State of Emergency, which includes 77 counties.

Residents in Purcell, one of the hardest hit flooded areas, are doing their best to stay afloat after the flooding affected many homes and businesses.

"Very tiring. Very tiring,” said Tiffany VanHorn.

It has been an exhausting week for Tiffany VanHorn and her colleagues at Mid-State Manufactured Housing Corporation.

"The house just floated in all of the water and the only thing that stopped it from running into this one was the porch," said VanHorn.

They've lost 10 homes, worth more than half a million dollars.

The water line is still visible.

"All of these houses right here in the middle... all flooded,” said Jon Lawson, owner of Mid-State Manufactured Housing Corp.

Governor Mary Fallin, along with Emergency Management crews, stopped by to see the damage, hoping for more assistance from FEMA, and calling this possibly the most flooding we've seen geographically.

"We're talking about maybe all but six counties that have some sort of flood damage, flash flooding or rivering," said Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma's Emergency Management Director.

The damage is widespread from washed out roads and mangled property. It's going to be a long road to recovery and residents need all the help they can get.

"I've never seen it this bad as long as I've lived here," said Debra Ellison.

Debra Ellison has lived in Purcell for 12 years. She says all you can do is hope for positive change.

"My brother used to always say where there's one devastation, there's always a miracle," said Ellison.

"Work as a team, get it cleaned up, start over,” said VanHorn.

Right now, there are five emergency management crews assessing damage in Oklahoma... that will soon bump up to eight.

State officials ask you to call FEMA if you have or see damage, that number is 1-800-621-FEMA.

 

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