THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (New York, New York) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release January 15, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Hampshire and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe ice storms, rain, and high winds on January 7, 1998, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in the counties of Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Strafford, and Sullivan. Federal funding is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe ice storms, rain, and high winds.
Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional assistance and areas may be added after the assessments are completed.