Branstad to tour flood-threatened western Iowa


June 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is heading back to western Iowa for another look at flood-threatened communities along the Missouri River.

Branstad’s office says the governor on Friday will fly the length of the river in Iowa from Sioux City to Hamburg. He’ll be joined by Derek Hill, the administrator of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Afterward they’ll be in Council Bluffs, where they’ll meet with local officials and workers at staging areas for sandbags, followed by a news conference.

The Missouri River is expected to crest 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in Iowa and Nebraska next week. It could be late summer before hundreds of people leaving their homes can return.