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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 23, 1996
                             IN PENNSYLVANIA

The President today declared a major disaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered federal funds to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe thunderstorms, high winds, rain, and flooding on November 8 - 15, 1996.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in Tioga County.

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 thunderstorms, high winds, rain, and flooding. 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.