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Bush gets firsthand look at flooded Iowa cities

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The Associated Press
Thursday, June 19, 2008; 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Bush plans to inspect two of Iowa's flooded cities, where the water is receding but families and businesses are knee-deep in the disheartening aftermath.

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The president's trip to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City on Thursday are his first stops to the Midwest since heavy rains sent rivers surging over their banks. Bush was in Europe when the severe weather hit last week, but he made a point to show his deep concern from abroad.

Bush is first getting a briefing in Cedar Rapids, which endured its worst flooding ever. The town was submerged by Cedar River, which crested almost 20 feet above flood stage.

The president is then viewing the damage by helicopter on his way to visit Iowa City, a flood-damaged college town 30 miles to the southeast.

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