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President Clinton Declares a Major Disaster Exists in the State of Vermont

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                            Immediate                            Release
January 18, 2001

                      EXISTS IN THE STATE OF VERMONT

     President  Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State
of  Vermont  and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding on December 16-18,

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
local governments in a two-county area. The counties include Bennington and

     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  and  flooding.   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  Louis  H.  Botta  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


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