Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declares drought emergency for five counties

Five counties in the southwest and Panhandle regions of Oklahoma have been experiencing extreme to exceptional drought for the past three years. With Gov. Fallin's declaration of a drought emergency, these five counties may be the first to utilize the state's new Emergency Drought Relief Fund.
BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER gbrewer@opubco.com Published: October 16, 2013
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“For example, the cotton industry, which is primarily an irrigated crop, there wasn't any water to release from the lake for those producers,” Arthur said. “That also has a chain reaction because the cotton gins don't have business. So, there are employment opportunities that are not there, and then there are all the businesses that support the industry, feed for livestock and equipment industries that are affected, as well.”

Money utilized from the fund can go toward things such as providing water for livestock, rural fire suppression activities, and emergency infrastructure conservation. The amount of money each county will receive from the $3 million fund is yet to be determined.

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