Tulsa Officials say Federal Storm Aid Unlikely

Aug 25, 2013

A City of Tulsa worker hauls off debris from the July wind storm.
Credit City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa's city manager says officials have little hope of receiving federal disaster aid for a windstorm last month that knocked out power to more than 100,000 electrical customers.

City Manager Jim Twombly said Friday he was not sure how much money the city has spent on cleanup efforts. But Twombly says any costs would be related to fuel and overtime for about 120 workers who continue to work their way through neighborhoods.

The Tulsa World reports that Twombly said officials are not encouraged that federal aid will be approved to help pay cleanup costs. He says officials projected spending about $10,000 on the cleanup per week.

Thunderstorms bearing hurricane-force winds downed trees and power lines on July 24th, spurring a debris-cleanup effort that has already lasted nearly four weeks.