Disaster Declaration Request Approved for Oklahoma
February 19, 2021
Water and wastewater systems to be included in technical assistance from federal aid packages.
President Biden approved Governor Stitt’s request to declare a federal disaster exists in all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the historic winter storm, clearing the way for federal aid to be directed to the state.
FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency, which includes technical assistance for water system repairs.
“This federal assistance will go a long way to restoring the communities across our state who were impacted the most from these historic winter storms,” said ORWA Deputy CEO, Jimmy Seago. “We are thankful for Governor Stitt and Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment, Kenneth Wagner, for recognizing the critical role water infrastructure has on rural America, and are grateful for President Biden’s quick approval for the resources that will help restore our water systems.”