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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has
asked that federal officials add two more counties to the disaster
declaration request for individual assistance to help those
recovering from Hurricane Irene.

Perdue’s office said late Wednesday it has filed the request for
individual assistance for Halifax and Lenoir counties.

President Obama on Wednesday approved Perdue’s initial request
for individual assistance for Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare,
Hyde, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

State Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell has asked that 20
counties be added to North Carolina’s federal disaster declaration
request for public assistance. The public assistance program helps
local governments with the costs of responding to the storm, as
well as cleaning debris and repairing infrastructure.

Perdue’s office says more counties may be added to both lists.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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