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Trump approves disaster declaration for Oklahoma


President Trump approved an emergency declaration Saturday for the state of Oklahoma after massive flooding damaged more than 1,000 homes.

The White House said in a press release that the emergency declaration would provide federal assistance in 10 counties:  Pawnee, Noble, Wagoner, Osage, Haskell, Kay, LeFlore, Muskogee, Sequoyah, and Tulsa, following Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) extension of a state of emergency to all 77 counties in the state on Friday.

"Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding," read the press release.

"I've never seen anything like it," Stitt said at a press release Friday. "The damage is severe."

A press release from Oklahoma's secretary of state warned of continued high flooding, tornadoes and other storm conditions.

“As severe weather and heavy rainfall has continued, numerous areas have experienced widespread, significant flooding, tornadoes, high winds, and large hail. Damage assessments are ongoing and, in some areas, cannot be completed until floodwater recedes," the press release states.

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