Oklahoma tribe gets US disaster designation following storms

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OKMULGEE, Okla. – The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation has received a federal disaster designation to help it recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in May and June.

The declaration was announced by The White House Wednesday and makes federal funding available to the tribe and various nonprofit organizations to recover from damage caused by severe weather between May 7 and June 9.

Funds will be available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged during the storms. The tribe is also eligible for federal funds for hazard mitigation measures.

Federal officials say additional designations may be made later if they are sought by the tribe and warranted by further damage assessments.

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