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President Bush Issues Federal Disaster Declaration

Sacramento, CA — It´s 2,000 miles from New Orleans to California but the Gulf Coast´s Hurricane Katrina led to a federal disaster declaration for California yesterday.

President Bush made the designation so that the federal government will cover California´s costs of sending aid workers to the affected region and any state and local government costs for housing refugees.

The Red Cross estimates 10,250 residents of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are living with California relatives, in hotels or in one Red Cross shelter.

In his formal request last week, Governor Schwarzenegger projected the cost to the state will exceed $5 million, depending on the number of evacuees.