President Clinton Declares a Major Disaster Exists in the State of Texas
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                            Immediate                            Release
January 8, 2001

                           IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

     President  Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State
of  Texas  and  ordered  Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts  in  the  area  struck  by  a  severe winter ice storm beginning on
December 12, 2000, and continuing.

     The  President's action makes Federal funding available to individuals
and  local  governments in a three county area. The counties include Bowie,
Cass and Red River.

     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.

     Assistance  is  also  available  for  debris  removal (Category A) and
emergency  protective  measures (Category B) at 75 percent Federal funding.
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


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