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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama Amends Disaster Declaration for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The President today made additional disaster assistance available to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of January 14-17, 2013.

Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on March 1, 2013, federal funding was made available for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation at 75 percent federal funding of total eligible costs.          

Under the President's order today, the federal share for Public Assistance has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs.