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NEWS RELEASE

Office of Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma
State Capitol – Oklahoma City OK 73105
405-521-2342

FOR RELEASE – June 27, 2008

Gov. Henry Requests Public Assistance for 24 Counties

Oklahoma City – Gov. Henry today requested that President Bush grant public assistance to 24 Oklahoma counties impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between June 3 and June 20. If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist cities, towns and counties with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storms.

The counties are Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kay, Kiowa, Major, Okfuskee, Osage, Ottawa, Roger Mills, Rogers, Tillman, Washita and Woods. Other counties can be added to the request as additional information becomes available.

“Severe storms throughout June have caused significant damages in these counties, particularly with regard to roads, bridges and rural electric cooperatives,” Gov. Henry said. “Federal assistance is greatly needed and warranted, and I hope President Bush will act quickly to approve the request.”

The storms resulted in an estimated $9.6 million in infrastructure damage and response costs.

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