THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN VIRGINIA
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Fran and associated severe storm conditions, including high winds, tornadoes, wind-driven rain, and river and flash flooding, beginning on September 5, 1996, and continuing.
"We will do everything we can to help the people of Virginia recover from the effects of Hurricane Fran," President Clinton said.
The President's action makes direct Federal assistance available for the entire Commonwealth. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys in other areas, and additional assistance and specific areas may be added after the assessments are completed.