THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN OREGON
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oregon and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and high winds on December 10-12, 1995.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in an eight county area. The counties include: Benton, Columbia, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Tillamook, and Yamhill.
Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe storms and high winds. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Richard Buck of FEMA's regional office in Bothell, Washington to coordinate Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.