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U.S. Aid Approved For 16 Okla. Counties After Storms

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Oklahoma residents continue to recover and sift through the remains of their homes after devastating storms ripped through the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oklahoma residents continue to recover and sift through the remains of their homes after devastating storms ripped through the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has approved her request to provide public assistance to 16 Oklahoma counties hit hard by recent severe weather and tornadoes.

Fallin says approval will send federal funding to cities, counties, schools and rural electric cooperatives that spent money on infrastructure repairs, debris removal and other items while responding to tornadoes, flooding and severe storms between May 18 and June 2.

Counties affected include Atoka, Canadian, Coal, Hughes, Latimer, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Seminole. Additional aid was also granted for Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties, which were already provided public assistance funding.

The storms caused about $40 million in uninsured infrastructure losses, debris removal and other costs in the counties. Additional counties may be added as more damage is identified.

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