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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release January 21, 1999
               PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER 
                       EXISTS IN THE STATE OF MAINE

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, heavy rains, high winds, and inland and coastal flooding and erosion on October 8-11, 1998.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in the counties of Cumberland and York. Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe storms, heavy rains, high winds, and inland and coastal flooding and erosion.

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 assistance and areas may be added after the assessments are completed.

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