Florida Tropical Storm (DR-1344)
Incident period: September 21, 2000 to October 4, 2000
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 3, 2000
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 3, 2000
Federal Disaster Funds Authorized For Florida to Aid Local Government Recovery From Tropical Storm Helene
Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today designated nine counties in Florida's northwestern panhandle eligible for federal disaster funds to help communities recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Helene. The action taken by FEMA Director James Lee Witt came immediately after President Clinton this afternoon declared the state a major disaster area because of damage to public property from heavy rains, high winds, tornadoes and flooding spawned by Helene beginning September 21.