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                      Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Copenhagen, Denmark)

For Immediate Release July 11, 1997
                             DISASTER IN MICHIGAN

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on the July 2, 1997.

The Presidents's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne. 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, tornadoes, and flooding in the counties of Macomb, Saginaw, and Wayne.

Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.