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President Clinton Declares a Major Disaster Exists in the State of Arizona (10/27/00)

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                            Immediate                            Release
October 27, 2000


     The  President  today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Arizona  and  ordered  Federal  aid  to supplement state and local recovery
efforts  in  the  area  struck  by  severe storms and flooding beginning on
October 21, 2000, and continuing.

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
individuals  in  La  Paz and Maricopa Counties, and to local governments in
the counties of Cochise, La Paz and Santa Cruz.

     Assistance  can  include  disaster  housing, grants, low-cost loans to
cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and
business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

     Federal  funding  also 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  David  Fukutomi  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 counties may be added after the assessments are completed.

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