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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President


For Immediate Release April 20, 1998
                   VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES THAT 
                  PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES TENNESSEE 
                A MAJOR DISASTER AREA, ORDERS FEDERAL AID

Washington, DC -- Vice President Gore announced today that President Clinton has declared Tennessee a major disaster area after last week's severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, and has ordered Federal aid to supplement the state and local recovery.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a six-county area. Individual Assistance and Public Assistance will be available in Davidson, Picket and Wayne counties. Individual Assistance also will be available in Campbell, Lawrence, and Maury counties.

Having grown up in Tennessee, it was particularly difficult for me to see the vast amount of devastation in the area, Vice President Gore said. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Tennessee.

The Vice President pledged that Federal aid would reach his ravaged home state as quickly as possible.

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, tornadoes, and flooding. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

Local residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

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