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Oklahoma governor issues emergency declaration

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 12 counties Monday, citing damage caused Friday by severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds.

At least four homes were reported damaged in Tishomingo, three businesses were destroyed in Sequoyah County and a marina and number of homes were damaged in the Snake Creek area near Cookson in Cherokee County. Damage also was reported at the Cookson Airport.

Counties included in the governor's declaration are Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Sequoyah and Tulsa.

The governor's declaration enables state agencies to make emergency purchases to speed up the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. It also is the first step toward seeking federal assistance, if that should be deemed necessary.

Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›

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