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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 9, 1994
                            DISASTER IN NEBRASKA

     The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of

Nebraska and ordered federal funding to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe snow and ice storm on April 10-13, 1994.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected local governments in a 15 county area. The affected area includes Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Lincoln, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, and Valley counties.

Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the storm. James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Warren M. Pugh of FEMA's regional office in Kansas City, Missouri to coordinate federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Damage surveys are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.