THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN ILLINOIS
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Illinois and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on July 17, 1996 and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago.
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.
Federal funding also 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 flooding in the counties of Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Ogle, Stephenson and Will. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.