THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN NEW JERSEY
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter costal storm, high winds, and flooding on February 4-9, 1998.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in Atlantic and Cape May 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 government on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damages by the severe winter storm, high winds, and flooding. 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.