“We will get back on our feet,” Governor addresses latest on recovery efforts

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OKLAHOMA CITY - From tornadoes to floods, Oklahomans are now working to rebuild after a month of natural disasters.

So far, Gov. Mary Fallin says $13 million in uninsured damage has been reported across the state.

It's obvious that May was a rough month for residents across the Sooner State, but officials say they are working to get help here as soon as possible.

“It's hard to be patient when you've lost your home, your possessions,” said Gov. Fallin.

On Tuesday, the governor and other state officials spoke about the efforts to get help, not just to individuals, but also to counties dealing with road and bridge damage.

“The problem with this disaster, as with many, is it's very large geographically,” said Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

Teams are already surveying the damage and are working with commissioners to find out just how much help is needed.

While it will take a while to hit every reported road, funds are already being given to some projects.

The governor says they are moving as quickly as possible and hope FEMA will soon step in to help in other areas.

“The more damage we can document, we can prove, we can call in to FEMA,” said Fallin.

Families who are waiting for help are encouraged to take pictures, keep receipts and document everything.

It will make the process easier if more help is granted.

“Oklahomans have been here before. We will weather this storm, per se. We will get back on our feet,” Fallin said.

If you have damage from the May storms, state officials encourage you to go ahead and report it. You can do so by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

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