PARIS – President Bush on Sunday expressed concern to those affected by record flooding in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.
Bush, addressing reporters after attending a church service, said, "There's a lot of people hurting right now."
The president took an early morning bicycle ride in a Paris park and then he and first lady Laura Bush went to church before departing Paris for London, their next stop on a weeklong European trip, likely his last as president.
Bush said he wanted to take time to convey his condolences and concerns to those affected by the floods back home.
"Laura and I had the joy of worshipping here in Paris," he said outside the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, an Episcopal-Anglican church near the Eiffel Tower. "My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered from the floods in our country."
Bush also wished his father, the former President Bush, a happy Father's Day.
The president was briefed on the Midwest flooding while he was in Paris, and was assured that federal agencies were making plans to help people affected by the high water, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.
Record flood waters have overflowed river banks across parts of the Midwest, causing widespread damage and evacuations.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, some 1,300 blocks were swamped, forcing the evacuations of 24,000 people.
At least three deaths in Iowa have been attributed to the storms and subsequent flooding, and 12 more have died in two recent tornadoes. The storms have prompted the governor to issue disaster proclamations for 83 of the state's 99 counties.