Bachmann flies over Missouri River flooding
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the magnitude of flooding along the Missouri River this summer warrants a presidential visit. Bachmann and a fellow Republican House member, Steve King, took an aerial tour of the flooding on Monday morning.
Both expressed concern at an Omaha news conference that the public is already forgetting the flooding's effect on people and their property and livelihoods. Heavy rain and a large snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains have poured water into the Missouri.
Floodwater has covered more than 500,000 acres in seven states so far. The high water is expected to linger through August, putting pressure on levees that protect homes, cities and farms.
President Barack Obama has not personally visited the flooded areas of Iowa, Nebraska or other Missouri River states.