OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin extended a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the winter storm and flooding that continues to impact the state.
Nearly 200,000 homes were still without power Monday afternoon as a result of another round of freezing rain, ice and sleet that struck western and central parts of the state. Heavy rains inundated the eastern part of Oklahoma.
The state of emergency will help facilitate additional mutual aid, which includes oversized vehicles such as those transporting utility poles to the affected areas.
Fallin’s executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also the first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.
Under the executive order, the state of emergency, which originally was declared on Nov. 29, is extended for 30 days.
The governor issued another executive order that temporarily suspends size and weights permits of oversized vehicles that are transporting materials and supplies used for storm relief.