WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dan Boren is making staff available to help constituents in Oklahoma''s Second Congressional District in dealing with state and federal agencies as communities begin to recover from the recent floods.

Residents who need help seeking state or federal assistance are invited to contact one of Boren's district offices:

Muskogee - 918-687-2533.

McAlester - 918-423-5951.

Claremore - 918-341-9336.

Additionally, in order to more efficiently collect storm damage data, individuals and business owners who have uninsured damages as a result of flooding may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA to register for assistance.

Those applying should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves, to include name, permanent address and phone number, insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.

“The approval of federal assistance was a great step forward for our flood victims and will be instrumental in helping the community recover from the devastation, Boren said. “I want to make sure we don't see the same delays we saw with past requests for assistance - this is no time for red tape.

On July 5, Gov. Brad Henry submitted a request for a major disaster declaration. Boren immediately sent a letter to the White House and was successful in expediting the President's review and approval for a portion of the governor's request.

The first round of federal assistance approved by President Bush did not include coverage for all affected counties. As more requests are made by the state for additional counties, Boren said he “stands ready to work for speedy approval from the White House.

Additional Flood

Information

Federal Emergency Management Administrator David Pualison announced this week that federal funding is available to affected individuals in Ottawa and Washington counties.

Flood victims can call 1-800-621-3362 to register claims or may register online at www.fema.gov.

Claims of all sizes are encouraged.