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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 11, 1998
                            EXISTS IN GEORGIA

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Georgia and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 7, 1998.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Baker, Dougherty, Irwin, Miller, Montgomery, and Seminole.

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 share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that damage surveys are continuing and additional assistance and counties may be added after the assessments are completed.