THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN WEST VIRGINIA
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of West Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Fran and associated heavy rain, high wind, flooding and slides on September 5-8, 1996.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the following eight counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton. Federal assistance is also available to local governments in the following areas: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, and Pendleton 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 Hurricane Fran. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to conduct damage surveys and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.