WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dan Boren has asked President Bush to expedite consideration of Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry's request for federal disaster assistance.

Henry requested federal assistance Sunday as a result of winter storms and flooding in all 77 counties in the state.

“The state and local governments are doing everything they can to help Oklahomans affected by the storms, Boren said. “But more assistance is needed and it's needed now.

“I will work with the entire Oklahoma congressional delegation to help ensure no time is wasted getting assistance to those who need it, Boren said.

Text of Boren's letter to President Bush:

“I am writing to request that expedited consideration be given to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry's Jan. 14 request for federal disaster assistance. Winter storms and flooding have hit all 77 counties across Oklahoma over the past three days, killing at least 10 people and leaving 100,000 without power. The eastern portion of the state, which I represent, has been especially hard hit

“Among other things, a federal disaster declaration would help provide generators for public facilities and bottled water for open shelters in communities impacted by power outages.