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President issues disaster declaration for Wash. flooding

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Associated Press - December 8, 2007 3:55 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - President Bush has declared Washington state's flooding a major disaster, clearing the way for federal aid.

The money will supplement recovery efforts in Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason Pacific and Thurston counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency named a coordinating officer to oversee federal recovery operations, and said more counties may be covered as officials complete damage surveys.

Violent storms beginning on Dec. 1 cut electric power, destroyed buildings, caused widespread flooding and were blamed for at least six deaths. A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 south of Olympia was covered by up to 10 feet of water, but was finally reopened Friday.

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