THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the
State of North Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and tornadoes on November 1-20, 2000.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in a nine county area. The counties include Benson, Bowman, Cavalier, Divide, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Ramsey, Towner, and Williams.
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 winter storms and tornadoes. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Steven R. Emory as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional assistance and counties may be added after the assessments are completed.