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Flash flood victims pick up pieces after storms

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Home Depot in Festus collects donations of household items for the victims of flash floods. Home Depot in Festus collects donations of household items for the victims of flash floods.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

With water rising as high as three or four feet within their homes, many flash flood victims in Jefferson County were forced to throw out most of their possessions after they were soaked with water. Now the victims have to find a way to move on with their lives.

"We were all under breast high, all the way up to our necks and when we came out, we waited for about two hours for the rescue boat to come get us," said Connie Politte, a flood victim.

As a liver transplant patient, Politte had to find her medicine before leaving her home and is grateful she got out alive.

The county is compiling a damage report to see if residents, business owners and local governments will qualify for financial assistance.

"We've been in been in the Victoria area here, we've seen everything from total destruction to people that just had water up in their house a little bit," said Chief Paul Mayer of the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District.

Chief Mayer is assisting the county with the assessment; the sooner the assessment is done, the sooner the help can come.

For flood victims, the most immediate needs are food, clothing and shelter.

"I'm homeless, literally homeless," Politte said. "You know you hear people say that and until it hits home, people don't know what homeless means. But it's very scary."

Cash donations for the flood victims are being collected by Victory Church and the Home Depot store in Festus is collecting household items and toys for victims and their children.

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