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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 23, 1998
                         IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Tropical Storm Frances on September 9, 1998, and continuing.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Cameron, Jefferson, Lafourche and Terrebone Parishes.

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 Tropical Storm Frances in the parishes of Acadia, Cameron, Jefferson and Lafourche. 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.