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                                                                 May 10, 2001

                            STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

                 The  President  today  declared  a  major  disaster  exists in the State of
                 Illinois  and  ordered  Federal  aid to supplement state and local recovery
                 efforts  in  the  area  struck by flooding beginning on April 18, 2001, and

                 The   President's  action  makes  Federal  funding  available  to  affected
                 individuals  in  a  six county area. The counties include Carroll, Hancock,
                 Henderson, Jo Daviess, Rock Island and Whiteside.

                 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)  in  the  counties  of  Adams, Calhoun,
                 Carroll,  Hancock,  Henderson,  Mercer,  Pike,  Rock  Island and Whiteside.
                 Federal  funding  is  also  available  on  a  cost  share  basis for hazard
                 mitigation measures.

                 Joe  M.  Allbaugh,  Director  of  the  Federal  Emergency Management Agency
                 (FEMA),  named  Robert R. Colangelo 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.

                 The  Agency said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in
                 the  designated  counties  may  begin  applying  for assistance tomorrow by
                 calling  1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and
                 speech impaired.   The  toll-free  telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to
                 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

                 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  FEMA (202) 646-4600.