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Governors Press Release 5-2-18

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Gov. Fallin Seeks SBA Disaster Assistance for Dewey County

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today requested a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for Dewey County to assist those impacted by wildfires that occurred April 11-20.

If approved, the governor’s request would bring SBA low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and business owners to repair or replace any property damaged by the fires that was not covered by insurance. The loan program would also be available to assist businesses that sustained economic losses due to the fires.

Under SBA rules, counties contiguous to Dewey County would also be eligible for assistance, including Woodward County, where additional fire damage was reported.

Damage assessments found more than 70 homes and businesses affected by the fire in Dewey County. Of those, 27 homes and businesses with major damage were identified as uninsured and may be eligible for SBA’s program.

Two deaths and multiple injuries were attributed to numerous wildfires that burned more than 350,000 acres statewide in April.