Bush returns to Gulf Coast, this time for Ike

HOUSTON (AP) -- President Bush says that people displaced by Hurricane Ike need to listen to local officials before returning home.

He also is asking Americans to donate to the recovery effort, warning against "disaster fatigue" in the nation.

Bush spoke to reporters Tuesday from Houston, his first stop on a daylong trip through Texas' most storm-battered areas. He landed at Ellington Field to sunny skies, and was briefed on Ike and its aftermath inside a U.S. Coast Guard hangar before taking a helicopter tour of the damage.

Bush next visits Galveston, where Ike made landfall on Saturday as Category 2 storm.

FEMA director David Paulison says the rescue phase is winding down. Officials are now focusing on providing blankets, tarps, water and ice to victims.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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