As folks begin to clean up the mess after this weekend's tornado, some good news from the Governor Brad Henry's office. Governor Henry has declared a state of emergency for Delaware County, where a tornado destroyed at least 36 homes and damaged dozens more.
News on 6 anchor Tami Marler says when you come into Delaware County to Colcord and Twin Oaks, youâ€™ll see trees that are blown over and homes that are unliveable. Those are the families, which the Red Cross is helping.
Volunteers from Tulsa have joined volunteers from the local community to help feed and shelter those who lost their homes. They're preparing hundreds of meals, taking them out to folks who are just beginning the clean-up process.
Red Cross officials expect to spend as much as $200,000 helping the communities of Twin Oaks and Colcord to recover. Red Cross volunteer Vaughn Maurice: â€œwe're out doing damage assessment and we're finishing that up as we speak so we'll be able to identify the houses and how much assistance that they'll be eligible for. So we would encourage folks to come out."
The Red Cross has helped families with things like food, water, cleaning supplies and clothing. They'll start taking applications to help storm victims with debit cards Wednesday at 10 AM.
Governor Brad Henry's emergency declaration is the first step toward requesting federal aid for those who lost property in the tornado.