MIDWEST CITY — All 12 houses that burned last week in Midwest City were insured, so federal wildfire aid to individual homeowners likely will hinge on uninsured damages in other areas, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials completed tours in wildfire-stricken Midwest City and Choctaw on Tuesday. Only four of the 58 homes that burned in Choctaw were uninsured, Choctaw City Manager Robert Floyd said. Damage assessment teams are to complete their work across eight counties today. The report will dictate whether Gov. Brad Henry asks the president for federal assistance. "Keep in mind that we are looking for both noninsured and underinsured,” state Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said. "In other words: Do you have enough insurance to meet the actual damages you have?” With not much to salvage at the houses that burned to the ground, assessment teams did not run across many homeowners Tuesday. But Ooten said it is not imperative that they talk to everyone. "It’s just important that we get out and document the big picture,” she said.