Midwest Braces for More Flooding

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The flooding along the Mississippi River isn't over yet. In fact, in some parts it hasn't even begun, even as President Bush prepares to visit the affect areas on Wednesday.

Many are trying to figure out the best strategy for protecting their towns.

The town of Keokuk, along the Mississippi, is expecting the river to go six inches higher than the city levee can handle.

"We're trying to get ready for record flood levels, they're saying 28.6 and that's about a foot higher than 1993's record," said Keokuk Municipal Waterworks' general manager Bill Cole.

But Keokuk is not the only town in danger.

Officials fear a similar situation to what happened after Hurricane Katrina when the levees broke in New Orleans.

The federal government says 27 levees could overflow along the Mississippi River.

OBI Gets to Work

Operation Blessing International announced Tuesday it would be lending a hand in Terre Haute, Ind.

Two OBI trucks loaded with some 24,000 pounds each of food and supplies have already arrived in the area.  The group is also helping distribute well-water testing kits.

OBI first made its way to Midwest flood victims last Thursday. Since, it has set up a volunteer center at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds of the city.

The location can accommodate about 100 volunteers a night, but charity officials say more manpower is "critically" needed in the area.

"We are starting to encounter many of the same problems with houses here that we saw immediately after Hurricane Katrina, especially interior mud accumulations and mold-infestation," Jody Herrington, OBI director of U.S. disaster relief operations said.

OBI president Bill Horan is confident the group will draw the people needed to make a difference in Indiana.

"There are lots of people and companies that would like to help flood victims, but don't know how," he said. "OBI helps focus that energy."

Bush to Tour Damage

President Bush will inspect the damage in Iowa tomorrow.Today he pointed to a federal disaster relief fund that will help cover damages.

He also said he will work with Congress to replenish the fund so it will be available for future natural disasters.

"Unfortunately there've been to too many disasters as President," he said. "But one thing I've always learned is that the American citizen can overcome these disasters. And life, while it may seem dim at this point in time, can always be better."

Will the Sandbags Hold Up?

In many towns, people are putting their hope in millions of sandbags piled on top of the levees.

In a few towns where the waters have begun to recede, it's time to begin cleanup.

But officials say unstable buildings and toxic waste make it dangerous for many to return home.

That didn't go over too well with families wanting to see their homes.

But in other towns, there were a few who got back to their houses -- and what they found shocked them.

"It is hard not to know what your place is like and now we know that we have nothing," Cedar Rapids resident Tiffany Remington said.

Meteorologists say that in some areas the floodwaters won't be going away anytime soon.

"A flood of this magnitude will take a while to play out," said National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Small. "The Mississippi River reacts quite slowly and will take several days, if not weeks before we settle back to normal in many of these sites."

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