Emergency declared for 35 counties
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Wednesday for 35 Oklahoma counties because of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that began Tuesday. Counties covered in the declaration are Adair, Atoka, Cherokee, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Creek, Haskell, Hughes, Kay, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington. Heavy winds and flooding have led to damage across the state and left many without power, especially in the Tulsa area, Fallin said. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
Fraud victims urged to seek help
Concerned upon hearing that residents are being scammed by those claiming to be collecting money and goods for tornado victims, Rep. Mark McBride is encouraging anyone who believes to have been the victim of fraudulent activity to contact the state attorney general's office of public protection. “Unfortunately there have been many reports of fraudulent collection of money and goods in our state that is allegedly collected for disaster relief for the storms in May,” said McBride, R-Moore. Residents should ask questions and investigate any person or organization who attempts to solicit donations, he said. Those who believe they are being scammed, he said, should call the attorney general's office at 521-2029.
Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau