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McCrory requests federal assistance to pay for winter storm recovery

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory requested a federal disaster declaration Tuesday to help nine central North Carolina counties recoup some of the costs associated with recovering from winter storms.

Local, state and federal emergency management staff found enough damage to request assistance for Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person and Randolph counties.

The damage came from the half-inch of ice, sleet and freezing rain fell on top of several inches of snow on March 6 and 7.

Heavy winds also toppled thousands of trees already weighed down by the heavy ice.

"We've seen more than our fair share of winter storms this year, but this snow and ice brought down more trees and power lines than any other storm we’ve experienced in the past decade," McCrory said.

Damage assessment teams estimate the ice storm response and recovery cost state and local governments $26.9 million.

If the governor's request is approved, federal money could pay up to 75 percent of the costs of emergency protective measures, repairs to local electric cooperatives infrastructure and tree and limb debris removal.

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