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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Severe Storms, Floods

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

State of Emergency Declared for 9 Oklahoma Counties Due to Floods, Storms —Lt. Gov.

The counties covered in the declaration include Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens.

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing, Oklahoma Governor’s Office said.

The extreme weather events beginning June 11 have caused extensive damage to public and private properties within the State.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma

Posted by feww on May 6, 2014


State of Emergency declared for all 77 counties in Okla

Gov.  Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in the state of Oklahoma. Fallin also issued an executive proclamation declaring a burn ban for 36 counties.

The Governor’s Burn Ban covers 36 counties  in western and south-central Oklahoma, according to the Proclamation. Those counties are Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

The largest fire in Oklahoma so far has burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed at least six homes, and three dozen other buildings, killing one person, said fire officials in Guthrie, adding that the numbers are likely to rise.

More than 1,000 people were ordered to evacuate the fire disaster zone.

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State of Emergency Declared in OK due to Risk of Bridge Collapse

Posted by feww on February 8, 2014



Fallin declares State of Emergency after Purcell-Lexington bridge closure

Gov Fallin declared a State of Emergency in Cleveland and McClain counties, Okla., due to the closure of James C. Nance Memorial Bridge.

“The bridge we just went and saw was at risk of collapsing and still is at risk of collapsing,” said Fallin.

The bridge, which facilitates flow of commerce and trade between portions of six counties, was shut down by ODOT on January 31 due to major structural damage. Some 22 cracks were detected in the truss system.

Lexington and Purcell are less than two miles apart. However, since the bridge closure, the 40-mile detour takes about 50 minutes to drive, dramatically increasing commute times and fuel expenses.

“This bridge is a safety hazard and is at risk of collapse,” said Fallin. “Keeping it open would have threatened lives. It had to close. Unfortunately, that has created an economic hardship, not to mention a severe inconvenience, for the people of Lexington and Purcell.”

The bridge is said to be “similar” to the Minnesota I-35W bridge that collapsed in 2007.

Opened in 1938, the 1,110-meter (3,642 ft) long bridge crosses the Canadian River and is one of the longest in the Sooner State. The cost of rebuilding could top $40 million.

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma due to Propane Shortage

Posted by feww on January 8, 2014

Fallin Declares a State of Emergency for Oklahoma as Propane Shortage Bites

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency due to the depleted supply of propane in Oklahoma.

The order waives the state licensing requirements for out-of-state propane transporters allowing them to bring propane into Oklahoma because of the fuel shortage throughout the state.

Oklahoma has experienced a spike in demand for propane gas both for residential and commercial deliveries due to multiple winter storms that have caused extreme winter conditions, dumping massive amounts of snow and freezing rain across the state.

Many Oklahomans in rural areas depend on propane deliveries for heating and cooking.

“This executive order [effective through February 4] will help make sure that there is enough of a propane supply in the days and weeks ahead until problems are resolved,” said Fallin.

Executive Orders Issued by 14 other Governors amid Fuel Shortages

Governors in at least 14 other states—Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Vermont—have issued similar executive orders waving requirements for truck drivers concerning the number of hours and consecutive days they can transport propane into their states, according to reports.

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