THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN NEW YORK
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 25, 1998, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Cattaraugus, Clinton, Erie, Essex and Wyoming and to local governments in the counties of Cattaraugus, Clinton, Erie, Essex, Franklin and Wyoming.
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 governments on a cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.