OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) President Obama approved Oklahoma's request for disaster assistance to individuals in three counties hit by deadly tornadoes last week, Gov. Brad Henry announced on Sunday.
Henry said approval for individual assistance was granted for Carter, Logan and Oklahoma counties.
“I am extremely pleased that President Obama moved quickly to deliver aid to Oklahoma storm victims,” Henry said in a statement. “This assistance will be a great help to Oklahoma families as they try to put their lives back in order.”
Several twisters tore through Oklahoma on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring dozens more. More than 300 homes and business statewide were damaged and destroyed in the storms. The worst damage was in the community of Lone Grove in Carter County, where all eight fatalities occured and 118 homes were destroyed.
Once initial damage assessments were completed, Henry delivered the state's disaster requires to Washington late Friday.
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. Public assistance provides aid to state and local governments for infrastructure repairs and other disaster costs.