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Gov. Stitt tours Texoma tornado damage

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton review the tornado damage in Bryan County on May 6, 2019. (KTEN) Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton review the tornado damage in Bryan County on May 6, 2019. (KTEN)

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Bryan County residents recovering from that deadly tornado last week are getting more state assistance.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt surveyed the hard-hit area near Blue on Monday with Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton and the state's Emergency Management Director Mark Gower.

"I just wanted to be down here and show my support for the community," Stitt said.

The powerful EF-3 tornado left a 27-mile path of destruction.

"There's just no way that pictures or video will do the damage or the impact justice," Gower said. "Seeing and talking to these individuals... talking to them face-to-face... understanding what they're dealing with... it truly drives home why Oklahomans help Oklahomans."

The officials heard stories of how Bryan County neighbors rallied together to overcome tragedy.

"I think they called it their 'angels' of the folks that were coming around helping and cleaning up," Stitt said. "It was just unbelievable the outpouring of support from this community."

The goal of Monday's visit was to connect with Oklahomans who suffered losses and to determine what more the state can do to help.

"It's great to have a governor that cares about our Oklahomans, no matter where they're at... especially here in southeastern Oklahoma," Chief Batton said.

Officials said the recovery process is underway, but the people who live here still have a long road ahead. 

Chief Batton said he will be with the people of Blue until the recovery is complete.

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