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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 23, 1996
                                IN OREGON

The President today declared a major disaster in Oregon and ordered federal funds to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding, land and mud slides, wind, and severe storms beginning on November 17, 1996, and continuing through December 11, 1996.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected local governments in a three county area. The counties include Coos, Douglas, and Lane.

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 flooding, land and mud slides, wind, and severe storms. Federal funding is also available on a cost sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are complete.