Flood 2008 - Des Moines, Polk County Start Adding Flood Costs
Early figures show Des Moines and Polk County have already racked up $6 million in flood-fighting expenses, an amount that one county official warned is "the tip of the iceberg."
"It would not surprise me to see that number quadruple," said A.J. Mumm, Polk County's emergency management coordinator. "It's a moving target, and it will continue to go upward."
The amount includes sand, clay and supplies, equipment and contractor services. It does not include overtime pay or tallies from Johnston, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines and other cities where officials have not yet gathered the data.
President Bush said at the White House Tuesday that the federal government is moving to assist with flood damage, and he will travel to Iowa Thursday for a first-hand look.
Meanwhile, members of the Iowa congressional delegation said they expect that $2 billion in initial disaster relief money will be included in a supplemental spending bill pending in the House.