Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state’s request for disaster assistance for 16 counties related to severe weather that occurred May 16-20.
The approval means federal funding is available to assist municipalities, counties, rural electric cooperatives and the state with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm.
Disaster assistance is approved for Alfalfa, Beckham, Cherokee, Coal, Cotton, Delaware, Johnston, Le Flore, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Roger Mills and Washita counties.
The storms caused extensive flooding, power outages and dangerous travel conditions in the impacted counties. Thirty-eight tornadoes were reported May 16-20, including three EF2 tornadoes near Elk City, Hanna and Muskogee. One death and multiple injuries were attributed to the storm.
Damage assessments indicate the storm resulted in more than $6.5 million in infrastructure damage, debris and response costs.
Additional counties may be added to the public assistance declaration request at a later date should conditions warrant.