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Oklahoma governor tours tornado damages in Quapaw

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The same tornado that tore through Baxter Springs, KS first hit the nearby town of Quapaw, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin toured that damage this afternoon.

Governor Fallin expressed sympathy towards the family of a man who officials say died in yesterday's tornado.  The Ottawa County Sheriff says 68-year-old John Brown, of rural Baxter Springs, was killed in Quapaw when he was driving through the area.  The sheriff says Brown drove into a parking lot in Quapaw and a concrete wall fell on top of his vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Governor Fallin also visited with volunteers and emergency officials at Quapaw's fire station.  The Governor then toured areas that were damaged by the tornado.  Governor Fallin has declared a state of emergency to open the door for federal emergency funding.

The Governor talked about how quickly emergency officials responded in Quapaw.  Governor Fallin says less than half an hour after the tornado hit, officials had checked on all damaged and destroyed buildings.

"What we call the Oklahoma spirit.  As we coined it during the Moore storms, the Oklahoma strong spirit.  We just get things done when things like this happen, so I'm very proud of the community itself.  And I also want the people of Quapaw to know that we're here.  This is one of the far corners of the State of Oklahoma, but we care about all the different communities in the state and that's why we're here," says Governor Fallin.

Governor Fallin says she is very hopeful that federal assistance will be given towards the cleanup and rebuilding of Quapaw.
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