Clinton Vows Federal Aid for Ga.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ As another winter blast was poised to pound Georgia on Friday, President Clinton freed up federal aid to the state to recover from last week’s ice storm.
Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes asked the federal government to declare disasters in 39 northern counties because of the storm that left 500,000 customers without electricity and caused an estimated $55 million in damage.
Also on Friday, North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. requested federal disaster aid to reimburse costs incurred by the state and 26 counties after a winter storm that hit the state Jan. 24 and 25. ``This storm blanketed the Piedmont of North Carolina with the greatest snowfall on record for a single event in the last 100 years,″ Hunt wrote in a letter.
A disaster declaration makes federal money available to local governments and individuals for repairs and loans.
Meanwhile, a blizzard heading into Georgia this weekend was expected to cover a much greater area and drop up to 3 inches of snow, plus sleet and freezing rain, through Super Bowl Sunday. More than 100,000 people are expected in Atlanta for the game between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams.