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President Clinton Declares Major Disaster Exists In Vermont (07/27/2000)

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The Briefing Room
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                         July 27, 2000


     The  President  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 July 14-18,

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
local  governments  in  a  six-county  area.  The counties include Addison,
Bennington,  Orange,  Rutland,  Windham,  and  Windsor.  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  A.D. Rodham 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.


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