Relief for flood victims

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MEHLVILLE, MO (KPLR) – Area flood victims are getting immediate help from a variety of local charities and faith-based groups this week. Emergency housing, food and water, as well as legal and insurance services, are available. Those in need can call 2-1-1 at any time for help.

They can also go in person Friday and Saturday to a multi-agency resource center where more than 20 organizations will be on hand to provide assistance. United Way, the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and Lutheran Family Children Services are among those groups staffing the centers.

Mehlville flood victim Patty Cliffe took advantage of the center Thursday at the Manchester United Methodist Church on Woods Mill Rd.

“The Red Cross has been amazing. The whole thing with this organization today is making it easier because you don’t have to go around to different facilities,” Cliffe said.

She and her neighbor Judy Kohlberg are looking for financial help to replace the wall board, flooring and equipment that had to be removed after flood waters filled the lowest floor in their homes on Kerth Road.

“I was told if we ever flooded, we would all die because where we live is not a flood plain,” said Kohlberg.

Neither woman had purchased flood insurance. Both have seriously ill husbands and find the job of rebuilding on their shoulders.

Kohlberg is missing work at times because of the effort it takes to organize her home’s repairs.

“Financial change is probably the most stressing to me right now. Because I can’t be gone and still take care of these things at home.”

Volunteers interested in helping should go to helpingpeople.org where the United Way will connect them to local needs.

The resource center will open Friday at 11 a.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church at 129 Woods Mill Road. The same agencies will staff a similar operation on Saturday at the Fox Service Center next door to Fox High School at 849 Jeffco Boulevard in Arnold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Flood victims will find services ranging from legal counseling and emergency housing, to the replacement of lost food stamps and groceries.