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President Obama Signs DC Disaster Declaration
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- President Obama declared a major disaster exists in the District of Columbia by signing a disaster declaration.  He ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

The funds are available to DC, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the hurricane. Funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures.

Additional designations may be made if requested by the district and after seeing results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.

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