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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Limerick, Ireland)
For Immediate Release                                  September 4, 1998
                       PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES 
                        MAJOR EXISTS IN FLORIDA

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Earl on September 3, 1998.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a five county area. The counties include Bay, Dixie, Franklin, Gulf, and Wakulla.

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 Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.