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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release September 16, 1999
            PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES EMERGENCY EXISTS IN THE
                          COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

The President today declared an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Floyd beginning on September 13, 1999, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all emergency relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the City of Chesapeake, City of Hampton, City of Portsmouth, City of Poquoson, City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Suffolk, City of Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack, Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Northampton, Richmond, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, which include direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

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