THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Limerick, Ireland) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 4, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN VIRGINIA
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Bonnie on August 25, 1998, through September 1, 1998.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals for five independent cities. The independent cities include Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
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.