Texas creating disaster response commission

HOUSTON (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is forming a commission that will oversee coastal rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Ike.

The 31-member panel also will develop recommendations for responding to future storms.

The governor's office says the preliminary estimate from Ike and hurricanes Gustav and Dolly - which hit Texas in July -- is at $29.4 billion and likely to grow.

Perry is also expected to ask the Department of Transportation to help finish removing tons of debris left behind when Ike struck Southeast Texas on Sept. 13.

The assistance in in debris removal, likely through private contractors, would come despite potential budget problems in Texas.The state would seek reimbursement from the federal government.

Perry wants the new commission to submit a final report to him and legislative leaders by June 30.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle & Dallas Morning News:

www.chron.com & www.dallasnews.com

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