Seeking Federal Assistance in OK

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Gov. Brad Henry is asking President Obama to grant public assistance to 11 counties hit hard by a snowstorm in late March. The spring storm that blanketed much of the state March 27-28 was a factor in two deadly accidents and dozens of other traffic collisions across the state.

As much as two feet of snow fell in some Oklahoma Panhandle communities and caused roofs to collapse on homes and businesses and led to the shut down of portions of Interstate 40. A federal disaster designation would deliver federal funding to help municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives.

The counties are: Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Grant, Harper, Kay, Texas, Woods and Woodward. Damage and response costs in those counties are estimated at $5.8 million.