Federal assistance approved for 4 more counties
Federal officials approved public assistance money Thursday for four additional Oklahoma counties that received heavy damage from storms in late May and early June. The designation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides federal funds for Craig, Haskell, McIntosh and Ottawa counties. The money may be used to assist municipalities, counties, schools and rural electric cooperatives that have eligible infrastructure repairs, debris removal and costs associated with responding to tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and severe storms that occurred between May 18 and June 2. Thursday's declaration brought the number of counties designated for public assistance to 20. Counties previously getting assistance were Atoka, Canadian, Cleveland, Coal, Hughes, Latimer, Lincoln, McClain, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha and Seminole.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU