THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES DISASTER IN STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA, FEMA FUNDING MADE AVAILABLE
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the state of South Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas struck by severe storms and flooding.
President Clinton's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in a 15 county area. The counties include Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Grant, Hand, Hanson, Kingsbury, McPherson, Marshall, Roberts, Sanborn and Spink.
Federal funding is available to eligible governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt named David P. Grier of FEMA's regional office in Denver, Colorado to coordinate federal recovery operations in the affected area.
Damage surveys by the agency are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.