Oklahoma Tornadoes, Severe Storms, and Flooding (DR-1272)

Incident period: May 3, 1999 to May 4, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 4, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 7, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin debris removal from affected areas early next week, starting with municipal streets, roads and public property in the 11 counties originally declared eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes of May 3-4. Individuals may also place debris next to the road for pickup, according to Tom Logsdon, the Corps' site manager for the project. "We'll be sending out trucks and crews to clean streets and rights of way up to 15 feet on each side of the street," Logsdon said.
May 7, 1999
News Release
The situation in brief as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 1999: President Clinton Thursday issued a major disaster declaration for Bowie County, Texas. The disaster declaration makes available a variety of federal programs to help people and communities recover and rebuild more safely for the future. Additional FEMA resources are moving into all affected areas as disaster field offices are established in Kansas and Oklahoma. Shelter operators report that shelter use is decreasing as temporary housing is identified.
May 7, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management (ODCEM) will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Moore on Saturday, May 8, to serve those affected by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of May 3-5. The center will be located at 2600 S. Service. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday until further notice.
May 7, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five counties were added to the Oklahoma disaster declaration today. The counties include Canadian, Craig, Le Flore, Noble, and Ottowa. This brings the total number of Oklahoma counties to sixteen.
May 7, 1999
News Release
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Five counties have been added to the disaster declaration issued by President Clinton on May 4. The addition, sought by Gov. Frank Keating, makes a total of 16 Oklahoma counties eligible for state and federal programs available to individuals, businesses and communities who suffered damage or loss from the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding May 3-5.
May 6, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The following is the latest information on the situation: Oklahoma:

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