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"As far as the cost of this disaster, we don't have a handle yet," Paulison said.
He said that the Midwest flooding is not as big a disaster as Hurricane Katrina, but still significant.
Disaster provisions in the deal include:
- $897 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster fund;
- $300 million for community development block grant money;
- $100 million for Economic Development Administration grants;
- $266 million for a disaster loans program run by the Small Business Administration.
Also in the package is $605 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair dams and levees, $390 million for a U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency watershed program and $89 million in USDA emergency conservation money.