THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Hong Kong, People's Republic of China) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 2, 1998
PRESIDENT DECLARES A DISASTER EXISTS IN MAINE
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 13, 1998, and continuing.
President's action makes Federal funding available to affected local governments in a six-county area. The counties include Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Somerset and York.
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 storms 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 and assistance may be added after the assessments are completed.