facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bush declares Texas disaster zone

Sept. 13, 2008 at 3:35 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Saturday declared 29 Texas counties disaster areas and was preparing to inspect damage cause by Hurricane Ike.

He and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff were to fly to Texas as soon as weather permitted, the Houston Chronicle reported, with Chertoff expected to arrive sometime Saturday afternoon.

"Obviously this is a huge storm that is causing a lot of damage, not only in Texas, but also in western Louisiana," Bush said Saturday morning. "This storm has yet to pass."

The disaster declaration included Galveston and Houston, the two cities most directly impacted by the hurricane, which was reduced to tropical storm status Saturday afternoon.

The White House also said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison had named Sandy Coachman as the coordinating officer for FEMA's recovery operations in Texas. Officials said damage surveys had been scheduled and more Texas counties may be declared disaster zones after fuller assessments are made.

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
3
Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban
4
Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources
5
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback