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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Providence, Rhode Island)
For Immediate Release July 28, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN MINNESOTA
The President today amended the major disaster declaration issued for
Minnesota on June 27 to include assistance for families and local
governments victimized by the deadly tornado that struck the town of
Granite Falls in Yellow Medicine County on July 25.
The President?s action extends the declaration?s eligible incident period
from May 17 to July 26 to include damage sustained as a result of the
tornado. The initial declaration covered damage from severe storms and
flooding that occurred over the period of May 17 to July 12.
Under the amended declaration, stricken individuals and families in Yellow
Medicine County are eligible to apply for federal assistance that can
include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs
and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the
U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to cover residential
and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Federal funding also will be provided for affected local governments to pay
75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency services
related to the tornado, and restoring damaged public property.
In a separate action, the declaration was amended to add the counties of
Clearwater and Roseau for assistance to local governments for damage to
public property resulting from the previous severe storms and flooding.
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