SEPTEMBER 15, 2005 -- Governor Mike Easley lives in Brunswick County, and Thursday he returned to the region to see what Ophelia left behind.
In Wilmington, he received a briefing from local leaders. They say the area was well prepared and the effort by federal, state and local officials was well coordinated.
"I was going to EMC this morning. I went by there early. I said it's been a long storm. I'll go by early and try to pump everybody up and I got in there and they're more excited than I was," said Gov. Easley.
A prominent local Republican also had high praise for the Democratic governor's performance during the storm.