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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the approval of Oklahoma official’s requests to receive assistance for debris removal related to damage from a severe ice storm.

Over the weekend, a severe winter storm left much of Oklahoma coated in ice, causing widespread damage and power outages. FEMA already has been providing Oklahomans with emergency assistance, such as food, water, and power generators. On Wednesday, Dr. Coburn spoke with FEMA Director David Paulison to convey state officials’ desire for FEMA to approve debris removal assistance as quickly as possible.

“FEMA has done a good job with emergency relief efforts on the ground to ensure Oklahomans have access to food, water and shelter,” Dr. Coburn said. “The widespread damage from downed tree limbs continues to hinder travel and repair power outages. I will continue to work closely with state officials and with FEMA to ensure Oklahoma has the resources needed to begin the clean-up as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Coburn said his office will remain in constant contact with federal and state officials to monitor the situation. He said he has been impressed with the work of Oklahoma officials in dealing with this disaster.

“I would like to commend our state government officials, particularly the Office of Emergency Management, for their hard work and dedication in helping keep Oklahomans safe through this emergency,” Dr. Coburn said.