Already, Democrats (including Governor Culver) are talking about the General Assembly holding a special session  in response to the flooding in Iowa.
We better have a good reason to do this. It will cost money we don’t have. On the other hand, there may be enough need to justify the expense, but I hope there is adequate review of that ahead of time.
That said, I’m glad that the politicians are taking strong leadership in communicating that the state will do whatever is necessary to meet the needs of displaced and otherwise affected citizens of Iowa.
I have not found enough information yet on anything FEMA is doing, although I heard Governor Culver mention that some portion of the 83 counties that have been affected have been approved for federal aid.
I’ll say that I appreciate the Federal Government’s actions in aiding the needs of the Midwest at this time. I’ll also say I, and many other Iowans, want to be able to do as much as possible ourselves, and not have FEMA come in and just fix/run everything. I’m not seeing that happen just yet, so perhaps this will be an effective dynamic as we work through the recovery period.