THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN TENNESSEE
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter ice storm and flash flooding from February 9 - 11, 1994. The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in a 68 county area.
Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the storm and flooding.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Melvin J. Schneider of FEMA's regional office in Atlanta, Georgia to coordinate Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said that the damage surveys are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.