Henry requests federal tornado aid for Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry wants a federal disaster declaration for 15 Oklahoma counties hit hard by violent storms that left two dead and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.
Henry asked the federal government Thursday to provide individual assistance to residents in counties affected by the first round of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes last week.
The counties affected are Alfalfa, Carter, Cleveland, Grant, Johnston, Kay, Mayes, McClain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Pottawatomie, Rogers and Seminole.
Henry says authorities are still finalizing damage assessments in counties and communities hit by storms later in the week and the state could expand its request for federal aid.
The state Department of Emergency Management says the storms damaged nearly 1,500 homes and businesses, including 282 that were destroyed.