President Declares State of Emergency in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - President Bush has declared a state of emergency in Missouri and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help local authorities.

An agency spokesman says FEMA will give financial assistance to state agencies as they remove debris and do other cleanup work.

Governor Blunt says he appreciates the quick response to his request for federal help.

Blunt has activated 160 members of the National Guard to help in northwest Missouri and Benton County.

The ice storm also claimed its fourth life when an employee of the University of Missouri Extension Service slipped on ice and hit his head while on his way to work in Pulaski County.

The victim is identified as 64-year-old Eber Cude, of Dixon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)