CHICAGO As Iowans and other Midwesterners assessed the damage of what will be known as the great 2008 flood, some still were awaiting yesterday the full brunt of destruction as some Mississippi River levees continued to fail.

President Bush will tour Iowa today as Congress is poised this week to approve $2 billion in initial relief funding that's been included in a supplemental war spending bill. The funds likely would be allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. While the fiscal toll from flood damage is still climbing, it is in the billions, including $2.7 billion in crop damage in Iowa and $1 billion in damage sustained by the second largest Iowa city of Cedar Rapids.

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