Obama signs Oklahoma disaster declaration

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma stemming from a severe winter storm in early December.

Obama ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts for the Dec. 5-6 storm. Federal funding will be available on a cost-sharing basis for facility repair work in four counties: Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha.

Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures across the state.

FEMA says additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state.

The storm knocked out power to thousands of residents in southeastern Oklahoma.

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