- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in 41 Oklahoma counties following recent severe winter weather storms and flooding that affected the state.

The White House announced in a news release Wednesday that federal aid will be available to the state to supplement state, tribal and eligible local recovery efforts in the 41 counties affected from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Affected counties include Adair, Comanche, Cherokee, Muskogee, Osage and Okmulgee.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that additional disaster designations may be made at a later date.

William J. Doran III has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

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