The Internal Revenue Service announced that several thousand telephone operators are helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency answer calls from Hurricane Katrina victims.

The IRS had nearly 2,750 employees working the lines Wednesday at locations in Atlanta, Buffalo, N.Y., Dallas and Philadelphia. By Friday, the number of IRS employees is expected to reach nearly 5,000 as hurricane victims call in and provide IRS employees with basic information, such as their name, address and types of property damage. 

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