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Red Cross begins to meet with flood clients

The Red Cross continues to conduct damage assessments to determine the emergency needs of affected residents and could expand its efforts if necessary.

Caseworkers deploying to impacted area

Arrangements are being made for American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers to start client casework in Pulaski County and other areas impacted by the recent flooding.

Client casework volunteers started an outreach program Friday afternoon in an effort to meet with residents to determine their immediate emergency needs. They will continue the program, which involves volunteers canvassing affected areas, through Monday.

A Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) will be begin operations at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Westside Baptist Church, 801 Historic Highway 66 West in Waynesville.

Agencies such as American Red Cross, Good Samaritan, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Convoy of Hope and many other local, state and human service organizations will be providing disaster related assistance and information.

The MARC will be open at the church from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Everyone affected by the recent flooding is encouraged to come. Residents should bring proof of address.

Red Cross health and mental health volunteers also will be in the area.

Since the flooding began, about 60 Red Cross employees and volunteers have been working around-the-clock to take care of the immediate needs of affected residents in several counties.

The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Dr. in St. Robert.

Officials said Friday afternoon the shelter will be open through the weekend.

The Red Cross also set up a shelter at the New Beginnings Fellowship, 151 Elm St. in Holister, which is in Taney County, to support relief efforts in that area.

So far, there have been more than 80 overnight stays in a Red Cross shelter. The Red Cross has served nearly 1,500 meals and snacks at both shelter sites and through mobile meal delivery.

The Red Cross continues to conduct damage assessments to determine the emergency needs of affected residents and could expand its efforts if necessary.

For additional questions or information about this Red Cross response, please call 1-866-815-2738.

You can help people affected by disasters like the recent floods, home fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the words REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, 431 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 or by calling 866-815-2739.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.