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Governor Easley Proposes Speeding Hurricane Recovery

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ROCKY MOUNT — Rocky Mount is one of the few cities in the state still to have a temporary housingneighborhood exclusively for flood victims.

With the current dry weather, it is hard for many of us to remember the devastatingfloods of Hurricane Floyd. But some people can not forget because a year and a half later,many are still waging war against the storm and the red tape--and the Governor has a plan to get hurricanerelief flowing faster to the people who need it.

Easley wants flood victims back in their homes as soon as possible, and would like to have the recovery completed withintwo years.

"Here in Rocky Mount, we have purchased about 25% of all the houses that have been purchased under the buyout program inthe state," says City Manager Steve Raper. "We're moving along very quickly, but I think the move the Governor has made will help things go further and faster, and that sounds good."

Mayor Fred Turnage is also encouraged.

"We've had pretty good success in Rocky Mount, but there's a lot to be done and to know that he's behind us and going toprovide the funding to help our people really gives us a lift. We're thankful forthat."