Gov. Mary Fallin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state's request for disaster assistance for 18 counties related to the winter storm that began after Thanksgiving.
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, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.
Disaster assistance is approved for Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Washita and Woods counties.
According to preliminary damage assessments, the storm resulted in an estimated $19.7 million in damages and response costs in these counties alone.
The storm resulted in power outages for more than 125,000 homes and businesses statewide, as well as dangerous travel conditions in some areas. The storm was blamed for two deaths.