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(Disaster Letter-97-14) Additional disaster areas declared for recent floods in Minnesota.

DCLPublicationDate: 4/1/97
DCLID: Disaster Letter-97-14
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Summary: Additional disaster areas declared for recent floods in Minnesota.


April 17 1997


SUMMARY: Additional disaster areas declared for recent floods
in Minnesota.


Dear Guaranty Agency Director:

In our April 9 letter to you, we notified you of the 21 counties in
Minnesota that the President had declared to be disaster areas
because of severe flooding that generally began in those areas on or
about March 21. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) recently has declared an additional 26 counties in
Minnesota to be disaster areas because of this severe flooding. The
following list of counties reflects the information we have obtained
from FEMA as of the date of this letter, with the newly added
counties underlined:

MINNESOTA: AITKIN, ANOKA, BECKER, Benton, Big Stone,
BLUE EARTH, Brown, CARVER, Chippewa,
Clay, DAKOTA, GOODHUE, GRANT,
HENNEPIN, HOUSTON, KANDIYOHI, Kittson,
Lac Qui Parle, LAKE OF THE WOODS,
LE SUEUR, LINCOLN, MAHNOMEN, Marshall,
MORRISON, NICOLLET, Norman, Pennington,
Polk, RAMSEY, Red Lake, REDWOOD,
RENVILLE, Roseau, SCOTT, Sherburne, SIBLEY,
ST. LOUIS, Stearns, STEVENS, Swift, Traverse,
WABASHA, Washington, Wilkin, WINONA,
Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

For borrower-initiated 90-day forbearances under the guidelines first
outlined in the January 14, 1997 "Dear Guaranty Agency Director"
letter, the March 21 date may be used retroactively. Lenders and
guaranty agencies may also grant a borrower-initiated 90-day
forbearance on or after the date of this letter if the lender or
guarantor believes the borrower needs one. We will notify you if
additional areas in Minnesota or other states are designated by the
President or FEMA. Lenders and guaranty agencies may contact the
Department's toll-free number at 1-800-433-7327, Monday through
Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST for further updates. This
letter has also been sent to each regional office of the Department,
plus the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Inc.,
the Consumer Bankers Association, and the National Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Sincerely,


Pamela A. Moran
Chief, Loans Branch
Policy Development Division
Student Financial Assistance Programs

Last Modified: 03/31/1997