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Flood Victim / White House / Misunderstanding #493304

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 26, 1977
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(Studio) Earlier report with regard to Williamson, West Virginia, flood victims demands for more disaster relief noted; in report, 1 victim says White House called and offered to talk about problem. Turns out there's been misunderstanding.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Williamson, West Virginia) Flood victims had expected help from White House, but were wrong. [Flood victim Jerry HILDEBRAND - tells story of misunderstanding: Office of public Liaison mbr., Dr. Joyce Star, called to ask if delegation from flood area would come to discuss problems; later her boss, Midge Costanza, called and said statement hadn't been authorized. On 3rd call, Costanza says woman denies making statement.] White House says it would be insult for president to get involved in other federal agencies' work; U.S. Housing and Urban Development has only placed 60 of 1300 homeless families in campers. Homeless also want disaster loan interest rate lowered, but sources in Washington, DC say it's unlikely Congress will do it.

Chancellor, John;
Kur, Bob

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