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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                      (San Francisco, California)
For Immediate Release                                  February 26, 1998
                            FOR CALIFORNIA 

President Clinton today announced that four additional California counties, hard hit by torrential rain, are eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Residents of Orange, Los Angeles, Stanislaus and Trinity counties who suffered losses may apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for temporary housing, home repair grants, loans for the U.S. Small Business Administration and other programs to help them in their recovery.

The expanded disaster declaration also includes federal financial assistance to state and local governments for debris removal, emergency protective measures, as well as hazard mitigation measures.

The federal assistance announced today is in addition to 31 California counties declared disaster areas on February 9, 1998. The previously designated counties are: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Calusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba.