Midwest asking the white house for helpJune 25th, 2008 - 4:44 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Midwest governors pleaded with the White House for help ,in damages from floods that drowned parts of the U.S. Thousands of homes. The request came as the flood threat in a region of the world’s biggest food and grains exporter continued to ease.
In Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels said the heavy rains that began at the end of May , “the worst agriculture disaster in state history,”
The state requested the share of such assistance be set at 10 percent.
“Because of the mixture of all the different things that were in the water, including raw sewage and gasoline, the smell is just terrible,” said Lee Clancey, president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “The recovery workers have to wear masks because of the carbon monoxide that’s being let off by all the generators and pumps that are working.”
“Honestly, the biggest issue we have right now is an inability to pick up all of the piles and mountains of garbage that have been accumulated as a result of people clearing out their businesses,” he added.