Stephens County Declares Disaster for District One - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Stephens County Declares Disaster for District One

MARLOW, Okla._It's been almost three weeks since ice blasted through much of our area. Now Stephens County is hoping to get some help from the state with clean up.

This week, Commissioners declared an emergency disaster for District One. The decision was made after ice blew through trees in the area, causing branches, limbs, and even whole trees to crash to the ground.

Commissioner Darrell Sparks says the damage across northern Stephens County is not severe enough to receive federal funds at this time. So by declaring an emergency disaster situation, they're hoping to grab the attention of the state and potentially receive up to $100,000 in assistance.

The creaking and cracking of trees can be heard all across District One of Stephens County -- trees that have given way to the relentless burden of ice back on December 20th. Three weeks later and the mess still remains, proving to be a nuisance for residents, and an even bigger challenge for officials.

"There's just quite a bit of debris, not a lot of big stuff, but just lots of limbs that needs to be cleaned up," said District One Commissioner Darrell Sparks.

So Sparks sat down with Stephens County Emergency Management this week and declared a disaster, hoping to draw some much-needed dollars from the State of Oklahoma.

"Just get some extra funds and some extra help to clean it up," he said.

Commissioner Sparks says any money that Stephens County would receive from the state would expedite the clean-up of ice-ravaged trees compounded by months, even years of severe drought.

"The drought, it's killed us. We got big huge dead trees on our right of ways that's probably been dead three years from the drought. It's getting dangerous, we gotta get them down before someone gets hurt," said Sparks.

Sparks says he hopes getting the dead trees and debris cleared away now will help the district prepare for the next big storm.

"You know, winter is a long time from being over.  We're likely to have another one or a blizzard, you can't ever tell in Oklahoma," he said.

Officials say state Emergency Management representatives will be in Stephens County within the next few days to survey the area. Sparks says he's determined to clean the ice damage up, regardless of being approved for state funds or not.

Meanwhile, Marlow crews are conducting limb disposal for residents within city limits every Saturday for the rest of the month.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

    Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:54:39 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:54:39 GMT

    The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

    The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

  • Tillerson is in the UK to discuss US leaks of Manchester bombing details

    Tillerson is in the UK to discuss US leaks of Manchester bombing details

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:32:24 GMT

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the UK today after English officials criticized the US for high-profile leaks of details surrounding the Manchester bombing investigation. Tillerson is meeting with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. They are set to discuss foreign policy, the U-K's upcoming election and future action on terrorism.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the UK today after English officials criticized the US for high-profile leaks of details surrounding the Manchester bombing investigation. Tillerson is meeting with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. They are set to discuss foreign policy, the U-K's upcoming election and future action on terrorism.

  • GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

    GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:28:19 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:32:10 GMT

    Republican Greg Gianforte's win in Montana's special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates.

    Republican Greg Gianforte's win in Montana's special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates.

Powered by Frankly