State Rep. R.C. Pruett joined state Sen. Jerry Ellis and Pushmataha County commissioners Michael Brittingham, Jerry Duncan and Jimmy Long in thanking Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood for $100,000 in state emergency aid for the repair of bridges and low-water crossings that were flooded in November 2011.
Ashwood said the state can provide up to $100,000 in aid for state disaster declarations that are not big enough to warrant federal aid.
“Unfortunately, there is about $1 million worth of repairs to be done, but we are able to provide the county $100,000, which can get the projects started,” Ashwood said. “We are pleased to work with the county and do what we can.”
Pruett said the supplemental funding recently approved by lawmakers will help continue to fund disaster relief in Oklahoma.
“We have some unique weather in Oklahoma and I think funding disaster relief is an important function of our state government,” Pruett said. “I was glad that the county was able to get some state aid for this project as it will help out the residents of Pushmataha County.”
Ellis (D-Valliant) said it is critical to provide rural communities with relief after a disaster.
“I’m pleased our communities will receive the aid they need to rehabilitate bridges damaged by last year’s flooding,” said Ellis. “It’s critical that state government continue to provide our rural communities with adequate relief when they face disasters. This much-needed assistance will aid our residents and municipalities as they continue to address the damages.”