Stillwater News Press

April 20, 2012

Federal disaster assistance denied for Oklahoma


AP

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin’s office says her request for federal assistance to individuals and businesses affected by a tornado that killed six in Woodward has been denied.

A news release on Friday said that Fallin will now ask the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster declaration for Woodward County.

The Sunday morning tornado left three girls 10 and younger and three men dead.

Preliminary damage assessments found the storm affected 224 homes and businesses in the county. Of those, 73 were destroyed, 22 had major damage and 21 had minor damage.

An SBA disaster declaration would provide for low interest disaster loans for renters, homeowners and business owners to repair or replace property damaged by the severe weather if it is not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.