THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN KENTUCKY
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by the severe winter storm on February 4-6, 1998.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a nine-county area. The counties are: Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Lewis, McCreary, Powell, Rockcastle, and Wayne.
Federal funding is available to eligible governments on a costsharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe winter storm. 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 counties may be added after the assessments are completed.