WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Saturday declared a major disaster in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Ike.

Bush spoke to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Houston Mayor Bill White on Saturday afternoon about the response to the storm, rescue efforts and plans to remove debris and restore power.

Bush will meet again with David Paulison, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other officials in the Oval Office this morning to discuss how the federal government can help in the response to Ike.