THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES DISASTER IN STATE OF GEORGIA; FEMA FUNDING MADE AVAILABLE
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Georgia following torrential rain, flooding, tornadoes and high winds there and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
"The people of Georgia are in our thoughts and prayers as they work to recover from this devastating storm," the President said.
President Clinton's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a four county area. The counties include: Bibb, Clayton, Dougherty and Sumter.
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.
Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the tropical storms.
Damage surveys by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.