Governor Stitt Declares State of Emergency For Southeast Oklahoma Counties
News 9 - November 6, 2022 11:06 am
IDABEL, Okla. –
Gov. Kevin Stitt has declared a state of emergency for multiple southeast Oklahoma counties Saturday afternoon after several tornadoes tore through parts of the state Friday.
The governor released the following statement: “The state stands ready to send all the help, support, and resources southeastern Oklahoma needs to recover and rebuild from this devastating storm,” said Governor Stitt. “Oklahomans are strong and resilient. We will build back these homes and businesses.”
The state of emergency was issued for Bryan, McCurtain, Choctaw and Leflore counties.
The governor also released this statement after touring the damage in Idabel, Okla.: “Down in Idabel, what I saw was Oklahomans coming together. Immediately after the storm hit, the community was out clearing fallen tree limbs and debris and searching homes to check on neighbors. Sadly, there was one fatality. Our prayers are with that family as they mourn the loss of their loved one.”
In a tweet, the governor said a 90-year-old man has died as a result of the storms.
Just finished touring the damage in Idabel. What I saw was Oklahomans coming together to help each other. One fatality has been confirmed. We are praying for his family. pic.twitter.com/w0LGWAY3ND
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) November 5, 2022