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NC says Irene already has cost the state $29M

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue's point man on Hurricane Irene recovery in North Carolina says the administration will soon formally ask the Legislature for additional money for the cleanup.

Former Congressman Bob Etheridge said Thursday state officials will have a better idea on the dollar amount they'll need when they get more detailed figures about emergency assistance at the end of this month. The General Assembly is scheduled to meet Nov. 7.

The Division of Emergency Management says North Carolina is already on the hook for about $29 million for the state's share of financial assistance for individuals, businesses and local governments.

Lawmakers could tap into a reserve fund designed for emergencies that currently has nearly $300 million.

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

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