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July 9, 2014

Storm aid could come back to PV

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Garvin County’s commissioners are hoping a governor’s declaration will come to help with costs from a severe storm ripping through the Pauls Valley area a month ago.

The storm proved devastating to some as it seemed to come out of nowhere and blow its way through PV in a matter of minutes the evening of June 7.

Now all three commissioners plan to take the necessary steps to formally request that Gov. Mary Fallin declare a state of emergency for the area impacted by the storm.

If the request is granted it means the county would be eligible to seek emergency state aid as a way of recouping some of the costs incurred from the damaging storm.

During Monday’s regular commissioners’ meeting one interested party was Garvin County Undersheriff Jim Mullett.

“We had nine cars that sustained hail damage from the storm,” Mullett said abut the sheriff’s office here. “With this declaration this might give us the opportunity to share in some of the funds,” he said, referring to any potential state aid for the county.

District 2 Commissioner Shon Richardson said both the county and the city of PV sustained costs with things like clean-up in the storm’s aftermath.

“This begins the process,” Richardson said about formally requesting help with emergency funding. "It would all be one — the county and the city of Pauls Valley all together, and we must meet a quota.”

Helping with the process has been Garvin County’s emergency management director, Bud Ramming, working with the Oklahoma Emergency Management office the past few weeks to assess the damages.

Richardson said it’s his understanding the storm damages here do meet the minimum quota with possibly $100,000 in total being made available if the emergency state funding is ever approved.

During this week’s regular meeting commissioners approved a letter to be sent to OEM, which could then go on to the governor’s office.

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