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Oklahoma governor again seeks federal assistance for earthquake victims

Oklahoma's request for federal aid was rejected Wednesday night. Now the governor is seeking low-interest federal loans.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: December 3, 2011

Two days after being rebuffed by the federal government, Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking another approach to get federal assistance for those affected by recent earthquakes.

The governor said Friday she is requesting U.S. Small Business Administration assistance for Lincoln County. If approved, the action would also benefit those in counties contiguous to Lincoln County, including Pottawatomie County.

A series of earthquakes caused damage to homes and businesses in Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties. One quake, a 5.6-magnitude quake Nov. 5, was the strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma.

If Fallin's latest request is approved, SBA low-interest disaster loans would be available for renters, homeowners and business owners to repair or replace any property damaged by the earthquakes which was not covered by insurance or other assistance programs, according to the governor's office. The loan program would also be available to assist businesses that suffered a loss in sales or work because of the earthquake.

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