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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Dakar, Senegal)
For Immediate Release                                      April 1, 1998

Statement by the Press Secretary

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the state of Minnesota and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and tornadoes on March 29, 1998.

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

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 available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures under the Public Assistance program. Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

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