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DES MOINES, Iowa — The damage caused by flooding along the Missouri River is estimated at $1.6 billion. Now, federal help is on the way.

Gov. Kim Reynolds requested residential, business and agricultural assistance. The governor also requested more than $5 million to repair federal and non-federal levees in Iowa.

As Iowa waits for disaster money to roll in, a Des Moines brewery is doing its part to help.

Confluence Brewery tapped its “Local Cause Belgian-Style White Ale” on Friday.

All proceeds from the beer sales will be matched by Confluence Landscape Architecture Firm and donated to Iowa Rivers Revival.

Iowa Rivers Revival supports water quality projects, reducing flooding and flood damage, and state-wide repairs to roads and bridges.

Confluence made 20 barrels of beer and expects to donate about $18,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Thousands hit the metro during Des Moines’ last day hosting the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“It’s that Midwest hospitality; everyone can come down here and have a good time,” Iowa City resident Seth Girton said.

The streets were packed with folks heading in and out of Wells Fargo Arena. Both games Saturday were sold out.

During the end of the Michigan State–Minnesota game, CBS analyst Reggie Miller praised Des Moines for the support and hospitality the city gave for the tournament.

“The best site I’ve ever been a part of, and always needs to be in the regular rotation,” said Miller of Des Moines.

With so many people flocking to the city for the games, people weren’t just spending money on tickets. They also spent money on things like restaurants and hotels, and the Des Moines Partnership estimates the tournament could generate more than $6 million for the local economy.

“Things have been really smooth. We’ve prepared for this for months, so now that it’s here it’s just a matter of taking care of people and being on our game,” said Buzzard Billy’s manager Chad Brown.

Some fans hope Iowa gets the bid again soon in the future.