President Clinton Declares a Major Disaster Exists in the State of Ohio (08/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2000


  PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN THE STATE OF OHIO

     The  President  today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Ohio and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts
in  the  area struck by severe storms and flooding on July 29, 2000 through
August 2, 2000.

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
individuals in Lucas County.

     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  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
completed.

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