Governor Perry Repeats Need for Federal Help After Dolly

AUSTIN (AP) - Governor Rick Perry today repeated his request for Federal Emergency Management Agency help for Texans affected by Hurricane Dolly.

Officials say about 600 people are still in state shelters. More than 10,000 residents are without electricity.  Perry, in a letter to President Bush, asks that FEMA expedite the state's request for aid for people whose homes were damaged -- but aren't covered by insurance.

Perry also seeks assistance for repair, reconstruction or replacement of damaged public buildings.  Dolly hit South Texas on July 23rd.  The governor's request -- on that date -- for individual homeowner aid wasn't immediately granted. The feds told the state to first do preliminary damage assessments.

Texas was granted a major presidential disaster declaration on July 24th.  That helped with protective measures taken before and after the storm -- but individual and business losses weren't covered.