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 on March 1, 1997, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a five- county area. The counties include Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Massac, and Pope.
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 is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.