MOORE — Recovery following an extended period of severe weather that included tornadoes, flooding and much more devastation, will be aided with nearly $37 million in federal assistance for Moore and the state of Oklahoma.
U.S., state and local officials Friday announced Moore will receive $26.3 million for recovery efforts from the May 20 tornado and the state will receive $10.6 million for storms that occurred from May 18 to June 2.
Those participating in making the announcement included Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, Gov. Mary Fallin, Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis and Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Tammye H. Trevino.
The grants are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with “unmet needs.”
Fallin on Friday said, “The May storms cost the lives of dozens of Oklahomans and over $1 billion in property damage. We are steadily rebuilding, but many families are still struggling to get back on their feet.”
The grants are intended to meet housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance.
“The disaster relief grants provided by HUD, along with continued work from state and local governments and nonprofits, will make a big difference in the lives of those affected by this year's tornadoes,” Fallin said. “They will be particularly helpful as we work to provide assistance to low income Oklahomans, many of whom are uninsured.”
Cole said the HUD announcement of additional relief funding brings hope to thousands of Oklahomans whose homes and businesses were destroyed by the tornadoes in May.
“I am pleased by the generous grant provided by HUD to help our state and my hometown of Moore restore lost homes and businesses and repair broken infrastructure,” Cole said.
When asked about how the $10.6 million to the state will be used, Alex Weintz, spokesman for Fallin, said counties under the Presidential Disaster Declaration have put together disaster action plans.
Those are submitted to the state Department of Commerce which then allocates from that $10.6 million.
In Moore, City Manager Stephen Eddy said specific uses will be determined during finalization and approval of the action plan.
Eddy said Friday, “We are very thrilled with the money and are confident that it's going to go a long ways toward helping with the long-term recovery of our community.”
The disaster relief grants provided by HUD, along with continued work from state and local governments and nonprofits, will make a big difference in the lives of those affected by this year's tornadoes. They will be particularly helpful as we work to provide assistance to low income Oklahomans, many of whom are uninsured.”
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin,