THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Norfolk, VA) ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 6, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF 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 Tropical Storm Dennis and tornadoes beginning on August 27, 1999, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the City of Hampton. 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.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), named Robert J. Gunter of FEMA's regional office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to coordinate Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional areas and assistance may be added after the assessments are completed.