- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is asking for a federal disaster declaration as a result of storms that struck the state in April.

Fallin said Tuesday that her request is for 18 counties affected by storms that produced three tornadoes, flooding in eastern and central Oklahoma and snow in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The governor said storm damage is estimated at $12.7 million.

The counties included in the request are Adair, Beaver, Caddo, Cherokee, Cimarron, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, Texas and Washita.

Fallin also asked for U.S. Small Business Administration to provide low-interest disaster-related loans in Cherokee and Haskell counties.

A federal disaster declaration would make federal funding available to assist cities, counties and rural electric cooperatives for costs associated with responding to the storm.

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