President Bush flew in to get a close up view of the damage caused by the flooding Mississippi river. With homes and farmland across the Midwest underwater, the floods are the worst in the region for fifteen years. The Bush administration has promised a multi-billion dollar relief fund to help those affected.
The situation is expected to worsen as the river continues to rise across huge swathes of the Midwest. The cost of the flooding in the US corn belt could also be felt worldwide with rising food prices.
In Clarksville, Missouri, national guard members and prison inmates joined in efforts to shore up levees and save buildings from rising waters.
So far, twenty four people have been killed by the floods and some forty thousand have been forced to flee their homes.