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Easley Requests Federal Assistance For Ophelia Damage

Posted September 27, 2005 8:06 a.m. EDT

— Hurricane Ophelia paled in comparison to the damage left by Katrina and Rita. But, those who lost property to Ophelia are still anxious to get help from the government.

N.C. Governor Mike Easley said Tuesday he has made a formal request for federal assistance for damage caused by Ophelia.

"We hope we get a quicker response than we got last time," Easley said. "But if we don't, then the state will go ahead and do it ourselves."

Preliminary estimates of Ophelia's damage along the N.C. coast reach about $34 million.

Easley said he hopes property owners, along with local and state government, can get federal help.