Texas, Wisconsin get federal flood relief
Clinton issues disaster aid declarationJuly 8, 1997
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(CNN) -- Portions of Texas and Wisconsin hit by flooding after heavy rain last month have been declared federal disaster areas. The order allows people, businesses and local governments in affected areas to apply for relief aid.
White House officials made the announcement Monday while President Clinton attended the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain.
Counties covered by the declaration:
Texas Gov. George W. Bush had also sought help for Kimble, Travis and Mason counties, but those three weren't included in the disaster declaration. High water damaged more than 500 homes and businesses in Texas.
June flooding in Wisconsin caused at least $87.7 million in damage to at least 9,000 homes, according to Gov. Tommy Thompson.
The White House said the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to assess the damage in both states, and other counties may be added to the list.
Federal aid can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses.
The Small Business Administration also will make low-interest loans available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin the disaster aid application process by calling toll-free, 1-800-462-9029.
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