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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 25, 1997


The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama, saying, Know that we will stand by you and help you in every way we can. Our hearts and prayers are with those who suffered losses and we wish you Godspeed in your recovery. The President ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and high winds associated with Hurricane Danny on July 17-22, 1997.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a three-county area. The counties are Baldwin, Choctaw, and Mobile.

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, flooding, and high winds associated with Hurricane Danny. Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.