A major disaster is taking place in Oklahoma where severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding has devastated the state since early May and continues, the White House cited a declaration by President Donald Trump on June 2.

With the disaster declaration, President Trump ordered federal funding be made available to affected individuals in Muskogee, Tulsa, and Wagoner counties, which have experienced record-breaking flooding and intense tornadoes since May 7.

Federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The funding is also available to the state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in the three counties mentioned.

Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided in the counties of Haskell, Kay, Le Flore, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, and Sequoyah.

Water rushes through the levee along the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark., on May 31, 2019. (Yell County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments have been completed.

According to The Associated Press, severe weather has killed six people and injured 118 in Oklahoma, while more than 900 homes have been damaged, including 335 destroyed.

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