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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 29, 1998
                            PRESIDENT CLINTON 

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on April 16, 1998.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a 12-county area. Individual assistance will be made available for the counties of Adair, Barren, Bell, Casey, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Knox, Metcalfe, Perry, Warren, and Whitley.

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 to eligible local governments on cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding. Public assistance will be made available in the following 12 counties: Adair, Barren, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Metcalfe, Owsley, Perry, Warren, and Whitley. 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.