>> I come here, first and foremost to say that the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. We are heart broken by the loss of life. There are also people who are still desperately trying to track down friends and family, we're gonna keep on helping them every way that we can.
As I think anybody who can see just the streets, much less the inside of the homes here, people's lives have been upended by this flood. With respect to the federal response, over a week ago I directed the federal government to mobilize and do everything we could to help.
FEMA administrator Craig Fugate arrived here a week ago to help lead that effort. Secretary of Homeland Security Jay Johnson visited last week to make sure state and local officials are getting what they need. To give you a sense of the magnitude of the situation here, more than 100,000 people have applied for federal assistance so far.
As of today federal support has reached $127 million. Sometimes once the flood waters pass, people's attention spans pass. This is not a one off, this is not a photo op issue. This is how do you make sure that a month from now, three months from now, six months from now, people still are getting the help that they need.