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East Coast Flood Relief #21455

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon to ask Congress to approve $1.7 billion for flood relief for victims of tropical storm Agnes.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania) Thousands of people still use relief shelters due to lack of adequate housing. Care of elderly in shelters is full-time job. (Many rest homes, hospitals destroyed in flood.) Clean-up efforts continue. Unemployment due to damaged businesses is enormous. Fed. agencies send task forces into disaster areas to coordinate relief efforts and help begin rebuilding. Restoration of power and sanitation facilities are prerequisites to providing housing. 1st of 10,000 mobile homes on order have arrived, but demand outstrips supply. [OEP, Francis TOBIN - says mobile homes will be shipped in from other parts of country. Small Business Admin. funnels loans to home owners and businessmen. Residents get detailed instructions on filing claims to avoid delay.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

Reporter(s):
Brannigan, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:02:50

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