Obama approves assistance for 3 Okla. counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - President Obama has approved Oklahoma's request for disaster assistance to individuals in three counties hit by deadly tornadoes last week.

Gov. Brad Henry announced Sunday that approval for individual assistance was granted for Carter, Logan and Oklahoma counties.

The designation ensures federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing and low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property. It also provides disaster unemployment assistance and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.

Henry says he also expects to seek public assistance to help reimburse state and local governments for storm-related costs.

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