TULSA, Okla. – All seventy-seven counties in Oklahoma are now officially under a state of emergency.
Governor Kevin Stitt made that declaration, which gives the state the right to apply for federal disaster funding, and there are many places that need it.
On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Oklahoma to take in the damage first-hand.
Vice President Pence’s tour began in Tulsa, ground zero for the flooding that followed nearly two weeks of severe weather.
From the air, Pence tweeted, “We are with you, Oklahoma!” before getting a welcome from Oklahoma’s leaders after arriving on Air Force Two.
Heading to Tulsa, OK with @SecondLady to see the damage caused by the severe storms that impacted the region, and to deliver federal assistance. We’re joined by @GovStitt, @DHSMcAleenan , @FEMA_Pete, @RepMullin, & @RepKevinHern. We are with you, Oklahoma!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 4, 2019
The Vice President then headed to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which is now working overtime to cope with the emergency in our state.
During his visit, Pence helped pack boxes for emergency relief.
“Our message is very simple,” Pence said. “And that is we’re with you. We’re with Oklahoma today. And we’re going to stay with you until these communities come all the way back.”
The visit came just a short time after President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration for Oklahoma.
“I’m pleased to report that he signed another disaster declaration for the State of Oklahoma,” Pence said.
That declaration made it official that the federal government considers Muskogee, Tulsa, and Wagoner counties major disaster zones. The designation gives those counties access to more federal resources.
The Vice President then toured areas where flooding is at its worst, promising to help get things back to the way they were.
“I want you to know we’re here for you,” Pence told one woman affected by flooding. “We’ll bring it back. We’ll bring it back.”
Others affected by the damage said they were weary from the constant, seemingly never-ending threat from Mother Nature.
“Two days after I got flooded, we got hit by tornados in Sapulpa,” one woman told the Vice President. “So it’s just been non-stop.”
Much of the worst flooding has been confined to the northeastern part of Oklahoma, but if you need help, there are resources available.
You can call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to learn more about the federal resources that might be available to you.