Washington, DC -- Federal disaster funds were made available today to help the District of Columbia recover from the effects of severe thunderstorms that occurred on August 7, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the aid under a major disaster declaration issued this afternoon following a review of the agency's analysis of the District's recent request for federal aid.
Under the declaration, Witt said the District's government is eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency services related to the storms, and restoring damaged public facilities. Federal funding also will be available to the District on a cost-shared basis for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.
Thomas Davies of FEMA was named by Witt to coordinate the federal assistance.