THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN FLORIDA
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida following flooding caused by Tropical Storm Alberto and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts there. Florida is the third state the President has marked for federal help to combat flooding caused by the storm. The President late last week declared disasters in both Georgia and Alabama.
President Clinton's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a four county area. The counties include: Calhoun, Holmes, Walton and Washington.
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.