Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is asking for a federal Small Business Administration disaster declaration for Pittsburg and Bryan counties.
Stitts requested the disaster declaration seeking federal assistance for those impacted by tornadoes, flooding, severe storms and straight-line winds that struck the two counties beginning April 30.
In Pittsburg County, the areas with heavy damage included Haileyville, along with nearby rural areas south and west of the city, as well as the Woodlawn Drive and Spears Lane areas in the rural Lone Oak area north of Hartshorne.
If Stitt's request is approved, it would make low-interest SBA loans available to homeowners, renters and business owners in Pittsburg and Bryan counties for repairing or replacing property damaged by the storm that was not covered by insurance, according to information from the governor's office. It would also available to assist businesses that sustained economic losses as a result of the storm, the governor's office said.
SBA rules also make counties contiguous to Pittsburg and Bryan counties available for assistance from the agency. That includes Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell. Hughes, Johntson, Latimer, Marshall, McIntsoh, and Pushmatha counties, the governor's release said.
Damage assessment teams that converged on Pittsburg and Bryan counties last week, found at least 193 homes and businesses were affected by the storm in those two counties — not counting damage in other parts of the state.
Seventy-six homes and businesses with major damages were identified as uninsured, which may make them available for the SBA program, the governor's office said.
At least 222 homes and businesses were affected by the storms in all of southeastern Oklahoma, according to Stitts' office.
Emergency managers are continuing to assess storm damages resulting from flooding and other severe weather in northern and southwest Oklahoma, according to Stitts' office.