THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN MICHIGAN
President Clinton yesterday declared a major disaster in the state of Michigan and ordered federal funds be released to help communities in that state recover from record breaking below-zero temperatures and a deep freeze which began on January 10, 1994.
The President's action makes federal funding available to local governments in a 10 county area. The designated counties are: Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Gogobic, Houghton, Mackinac, Marquette, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft.
Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for regular repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the freezing temperatures.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas of Michigan. Additional counties may be added after the assessments are complete.