THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN MASSACHUSETTS
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by heavy rains and flooding beginning on June 13, 1998, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in a five county area. The counties include Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
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 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.