Omaha Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Grassley confident federal aid will be available to help flooded areas

Council Bluffs, IA – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley is confident federal money will be available to help western Iowa recover from Missouri River flooding.

Grassley visited Council Bluffs Friday morning, the first stop on a four-city tour of the Missouri River flooding. He joined Council Bluffs emergency management officials in a meeting on the flood situation, and toured the city's levee system.

Grassley called on federal officials to provide the same assistance to western Iowa families that's been available following other disasters. He says when a disaster happens, Congress usually approves federal aid without much debate.

Members of the Iowa National Guard are monitoring Council Bluffs' levees around the clock. The city released an evacuation plan earlier this week should residents need to leave their homes. No mandatory evacuation order is in place.

Grassley also visited Glenwood, Sidney and Hamburg Friday.