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Red Cross Responds to Massive, Widespread Flooding in Missouri and Illinois

Those in need of Red Cross Disaster Assistance should call 314-516-2700.

The American Red Cross is responding across the Greater St. Louis area, after severe weather and flooding.

A Red Cross emergency responsive vehicle is in Clarksville, MO. Red Cross volunteers are serving sandwiches, drinks and snacks to those sandbagging in the area. They will continue to provide mobile meal delivery in the affected area as long as it is needed. The Red Cross is partnering with the Southern Baptist in an effort to provide meals as well. Starting tonight, the Southern Baptist will prepare meals and the Red Cross will serve those meals.

Throughout the weekend, Red Cross damage assessment staff and volunteers will be canvassing the affected areas and surveying the damage through all of the affected areas in Missouri and Illinois.

In Jefferson County, a Red Cross shelter remains open at the First Baptist Church of DeSoto at 2000 Grace Way. The shelter will remain open as long as there is a need. Thursday night, nine people spent the night at the shelter, and the Red Cross provided approximately 40 meals during dinnertime.

Thursday night, the Red Cross also supported a shelter in East St. Louis, at the Clyde C Jordan Senior Citizen Center at 6755 State Street. The Red Cross provided cots, blankets, drinks and snacks.

Those in need of Red Cross Disaster Assistance should call 314-516-2700. Those wishing to donate to the disaster relief effort can call 314-516-2800 or visit

The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies happen thanks to our generous donors. The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter is a proud member agency of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.