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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 20, 1996

PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN ALABAMA

President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes on March 5-6, 1996.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Dallas, Macon, and Montgomery Counties.

Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Glenn C. Woodard of FEMA's regional office in Atlanta, Georgia 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.

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