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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release April 20, 1999
           PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS 
                        IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Missouri and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on April 3, 1999, and continuing.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Madison County. 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.

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