WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dan Boren joined federal and state officials Wednesday as they began property damage estimates in flooded areas in northeastern Oklahoma.

Boren surveyed homes and businesses in Miami, as well as other parts of Ottawa and Nowata counties, in preparation for the request of federal assistance for flood victims.

The congressman's aerial tour also included a visit to the South Coffeyville area and the oil slick that has spread into the Verdigris River system north of Lake Oologah.

“It is vital for federal and state officials to survey the damage as soon as possible so we can begin the request for federal assistance, Boren said.

“I will continue to work with FEMA and state officials to secure the necessary assistance for citizens who have been affected.

Boren was joined by Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery and Operations Specialist, Derek Shackelford, Oklahoma Emergency Management Deputy Director Fred Liebe and Small Business Administration representative Ron Hayes, as well as county and local officials.

“I want to thank all of the first-responders and local officials who have been working tirelessly to make sure everyone is out of danger and kept safe until the water recedes. Many Oklahomans will return to find damaged homes and businesses, and I will make every effort to ensure assistance is available to help get people back on their feet, Boren said.