Homeland Security Chief Plans E. Iowa Flood Tour

The Cedar River around City Hall and May's Island Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2008. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

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By Daren Sukhram

DES MOINES (AP) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to tour flood-damaged areas of eastern Iowa.

Napolitano plans to visit Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, where she is expected to tour flood-damaged neighborhoods and meet with local
officials.

She also has scheduled a news conference with Gov. Chet Culver.

Culver says he will use Napolitano's visit to push for additional flood assistance for Iowa.

Culver says he wants to emphasize to Napolitano that the state continues to face challenges and that the needs of some victims remain unmet eight months after the record flooding.

During her visit, Napolitano will also tour sections of Iowa City and Coralville.
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