THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY President Clinton today declared a major disaster exists in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered Federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on March 1, 1997, and continuing.
"I want to commend the National Guard, local and state police, firefighters and emergency volunteers who have responded to this emergency," President Clinton said. "There will be difficult times ahead for those who will have to rebuild. We will stand by you. God bless all of you."
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a nine- county area. The counties include Bourbon, Braken, Bullitt, Franklin, Hardin, Harrison, Jefferson, Pendleton, and Powell.
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.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.