THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2001
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES AN EMERGENCY
EXISTS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
President Clinton today declared an emergency exists in the State of
Illinois and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by record/near record snow on December 10-31,
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected
local governments in the counties of Bureau, Cook, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford,
Fulton, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, Livingston,
Marshall, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Stark, Will, and Winnebago.
FEMA intends to provide assistance for emergency protective measures
undertaken to save lives, protect public health and safety, and property.
The assistance will be provided for a period of 48 hours.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), named James Roche as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal
recovery operations in the affected area.