THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN PENNSYLVANIA
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes on July 19, 1996.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a 10 county area. The counties include Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson and Venango.
Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.