THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN HAWAII
President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by prolonged and heavy rains, high surf, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and severe storms beginning on November 5, 1996, and continuing. This follows a state of emergency declared last week.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments on the Island of Oahu.
Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the prolonged and heavy rains, high surf, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and severe storms beginning on November 5, 1996, and continuing. 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, and additional islands may be added after the assessments are completed.