Recent weather mishaps keep Oklahoma calling for federal aid 

Should President George Bush approve federal assistance for the state's latest weather-related disaster, it will set a new high-water mark.

Since the federal government began helping states when disasters struck, Oklahoma has been a common customer. At least 51 times, the Sooner State has called for federal help, the first in June of 1955 due to floods and tornadoes.

The last federal major disaster declaration was almost two months ago, after severe storms brought floods and tornadoes to northern Oklahoma. To date, more than $16 million in federal aid has been approved for damage from the July storm.

FLOODING
The most recent storms caused extensive flooding, in which six people have died. Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency for 24 counties and has asked federal assistance for three counties:
" Blaine,
" Caddo and
" Kingfisher.

It is the sixth time Henry has issued a state-of-emergency declaration in the past 24 months. If Bush approves the federal-funds request, it will mark the fifth time in one year federal that major disaster aid has been approved. The old record was three times, done in:
" 2001,
" 1995,
" 1974 and
" 1973.

"The governor has absolutely no qualms with doing exactly what his predecessors have done, as well as every chief executive in the nation " namely, to take all appropriate and lawful measures to ensure that Oklahomans impacted by disaster receive the maximum assistance available for recovery," according to a statement from Henry's office. "Anything less would be absurd." "Scott Cooper

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