The Edmond Sun

March 28, 2013

State seeks disaster declaration for February snow storm


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday the state of Oklahoma has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government related to the Feb. 24-26 winter storm.

If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm.

“Areas of Oklahoma were inundated with heavy snow during this weather event, causing widespread infrastructure damage and resulting in significant costs related to emergency response,” Fallin said. “The disaster declaration will provide assistance to help municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives in the affected areas to cover the costs associated with responding to this significant winter storm.”

The counties included in this request are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Kingfisher, Major, Noble, Roger Mills, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

In these counties alone, the storm resulted in an estimated $7.5 million in infrastructure damage and response costs.

Additional counties may be added to the request at a later date should conditions warrant.