Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declares state of emergency

The declaration covers 14 eastern Oklahoma counties that received storm damage earlier this week.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: May 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm •  Published: May 24, 2011
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Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Tuesday for 14 Oklahoma counties damaged by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds or flooding earlier this week.

The counties listed in the declaration are: Adair, Blaine, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Kiowa, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers and Wagoner.

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Sunday, the 14 counties have experienced tornadoes, straight-line winds, damaging hail and flooding. Initial assessments show more than 80 structures were damaged and power lines were downed by the storms, according to the governor's office.

Under the governor's executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to speed up the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance, should it be necessary.



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