Governor tours tornado damage in southern Oklahoma
DURANT — Gov. Kevin Stitt visited an area of southern Oklahoma struck by a tornado last week, when storms killed three people.
State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says Stitt spent about two hours Monday near Bokchito, about 160 miles southeast of Oklahoma City near the Texas state line. A tornado was recorded there April 30.
Cain said Stitt surveyed the area by helicopter, by vehicle and on foot. The governor also visited a survivor center at Rock Creek Elementary School in nearby Durant.
“I want to thank all the first responders for getting there, saving lives,” Stitt said in a video he posted on Twitter. “It’s amazing how Oklahomans are coming together and cleaning it up.”
Stitt declared a state of emergency last week for 52 Oklahoma counties because of the storms. That allows state agencies to spend money to help local governments.
The National Weather Service says at least 16 tornadoes were reported April 30 in Oklahoma.
Visiting Blue and Rock Creek where a F-3 devastated homes and took the lives of two Oklahomans. Thank you to all the first responders who have stepped in to help save lives and begin the recovery. Oklahoma stands with these communities as they begin to rebuild. pic.twitter.com/fSJTu8daOM— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 6, 2019