- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma will seek assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration after the state’s request for a major disaster declaration for two counties was denied.

Fallin announced Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Oklahoma’s request for a major disaster declaration following last month’s tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds.

In a letter to Fallin denying her request, FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate says the damage caused by the storms was not beyond the capabilities of the state, local governments and volunteer agencies to handle.

Fallin says she has now requested a disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland counties through the SBA that would allow for low-interest loans for those whose property was damaged in the storms.

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