- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland counties after last week’s deadly tornadoes that ripped through two mobile home parks near Sand Springs and another tornado that raked Moore and heavily damaged an elementary school.

Fallin’s office announced the request Wednesday, saying the designation would provide federal assistance to individuals and businesses in the tornado-ravaged areas.

Four people are believed to have died in the storms, according to state officials, and more than two-dozen others had injuries needing treatment at hospitals.

Preliminary damage assessments showed that more than 1,000 homes and businesses were damaged in the tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred in those counties.

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