THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN NORTH DAKOTA
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of North Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, ice jams, and ground saturation due to high water tables on March 12, 1996, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in a 29 county area. The counties include Barnes, Benson, Cass, Cavalier, Dicky, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh and Wells.
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, flooding, ice jams and ground saturation due to high water tables. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.