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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 20, 1997
                             DISASTER IN IOWA

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm on October 26-28, 1997.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in an 11-county area. The counties are Clarke, Iowa, Jasper, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Union and Warren.

Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis to alleviate the impacts of the severe winter storm. 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.