Parks & Recreation
Water & Wastewater
CITY OF BLACKWELL, OKLAHOMA
Office of Governor Brad Henry
State of Oklahoma
State Capitol - Oklahoma City, OK 73105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 9, 2008
Gov. Henry Announces SBA, Public Assistance Available for Northern
Oklahoma Counties Hit by September Floods
Oklahoma City - In the wake of last month's flood damage, Gov. Brad
Henry announced today that the White House has approved federal public
assistance for 10 Oklahoma counties. The federal disaster
declaration will help municipal and county governments pay for an
estimated $8.8 million in infrastructure repairs and response costs
related to flooding in the counties for Alfalfa, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis,
Grant, Harper, Kay, Major, Woods and Woodward.
Moreover, the Governor also announced this afternoon that U.S. Small
Business Administration (SBA) assistance will be made available for
individuals and businesses in Kay Country and the surrounding areas of
Garfield, Grant, Noble and Osage counties.
"This is welcome news for Oklahomans who were hit hard by last
month's flooding," Gov. Henry said. "Federal public
assistance will help cities, towns and counties recover from the storms,
while the SBA loans will go a long way toward helping individuals and
businesses get back on their feet."
The declarations for both SBA assistance and public assistance cover
flooding that occurred between September 11 and September 18.
Other counties can be added to the declaration for public assistance as
additional information becomes available.
Under the SBA assistance, any homeowner, renter or business owner in the
aforementioned counties who sustained uninsured flooding damage can
apply for a low-interest, long-term disaster loan.
Today's announcement comes days after the White House denied individual
assistance to the region.
Public Information Manager
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
(405) 521-2481 - Office