A severe ice storm prompted President Bush to declare Saturday that
a state of emergency exists in northern Massachusetts, a move that
authorizes the use of federal aid to help the recovery effort.
This week’s ice storm felled many trees in Boston and elsewhere across Massachusetts.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency are to coordinate relief efforts in the counties of
Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex,
Suffolk and Worcester.
By Saturday night, there were 180,000
customers without power, said James Mannion, deputy public information
officer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.