THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN WEST VIRGINIA
The President today declared a major disaster in West Virginia and ordered federal funds to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding on January 19, 1996 and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the following 21 counties: Brooke, Grant, Greenbriar, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Marshall, Mason, Monroe, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolf, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Webster, Wetzel, and Wood. Federal assistance is also available to local governments in the following areas: Brooke, Grant, Greenbriar, Hancock, Hardy, Marshall, Mason, Monroe, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolf, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Webster, and Wetzel Counties.
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 also is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the flooding. Federal funding is also available on a cost sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are complete.