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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 23, 1997


President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oregon and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, land and mudslides, and flooding on December 25, 1996 through and including January 6, 1997.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath 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.

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 winter storms, land and mudslides, and flooding. The counties eligible are Jackson, Josephine, and Lake Counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures to the counties of Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake Counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.