WTVY  | National  | News, Weather, Sports

Oklahoma Mayor Declares 59 Counties Disaster Areas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Forecasters say more severe weather may be on the way in Oklahoma where a band of thunderstorms dropped as much as 10 inches in some areas in a matter of hours.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 136 people suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters helping a 17-year-old girl escape swift floodwaters were forced to cling to treetops and await rescue themselves.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has declared a state of emergency for 59 Oklahoma counties at the request of Gov. Brad Henry, who is out of state.

The disaster declaration is a formal step that allows local governments to be reimbursed for storm-related costs through a state public assistance program. It also paves the way for federal assistance.

Askins says additional counties could be added to the disaster declaration.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 96360064