Here’s how to get help after St. Louis area flooding

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 7:03 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 3:26 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Many have been directly affected by the flooding. News 4 has compiled a list of resources for people who need assistance.

How to get help in Missouri

Residents can call the United Way at 211 to seek assistance because of flood damage. Authorities can use that information to track where the highest need is. City residents can also report flood damage inside their homes to the Metropolitan Sewer District at 314-768-6260. The City said people should take pictures of property damage and save receipts.

A Multi-Agency Resource Center will be held in Wentzville at 100 Mall Parkway from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday for those recovering from the flood in that area. Emergency cleanup supplies, food boxes, food stamp replacement services, financial assistance and other disaster-related services will be provided.

Another Multi-Agency Resource Center will be held in Florissant at 315 Howdershell Road Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. A press release from the governor’s office said two more resource center events are being finalized.

More Multi-Agency Resource Centers are set to open next week, too. One at the Centennial Commons gym, at 7210 Olive Blvd in University City on Thursday, which will open from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Additional centers will be announced soon, the Red Cross says.

A shelter has been opened at James Eagan Center in Florissant, but it is moving to the St. Vincent Community Center at 7335 St. Charles Rock Road. Those staying at the shelter are asked to bring clothing for a few days, bedding, toiletries and essential medication. Buses will take those at the James Eagan Center to the St. Vincent Community Center Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The first multi-agency resource center opened at Element Church in Wentzville. It will stay open until 8 p.m. Cleanup supplies, food boxes, and emergency financial help will be available.

LINK: Red Cross shelter locations

St. Louis City has set up mobile command centers in hard-hit neighborhoods, including Ellendale and Kingsway West, to provide food, water, cleaning supplies, PPE, and other items to local residents. More information is listed on the city’s website.

The Red Cross is providing flood cleanup supplies in St. Louis County on Sunday at the St. Louis Galleria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is doing the same in St. Louis City at Urban League Headquarters(1408 North Kingshighway), Lexington School at 5030 Lexington in North City and 2723 McCausland in South City.

FEMA will be on the ground to participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in St. Louis City, St. Louis, St. Charles and Montgomery counties in response to the record flash flooding in the region. Gov. Mike Parson’s office says FEMA personnel are expected to be on the ground Monday.

The city advised its building division will be inspecting damaged buildings and may post condemnation notices for safety concerns. However, the division will not penalize anyone for flood damage. The city will also waive permitting fees for people wanting to repair flood damage on their property.

St. Louis area flood victims have another chance to get help this week. The Red Cross has announced additional dates for its Multi-Agency Resource Center in St. Louis City. The center will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It’s located at Friendly Temple Church at 5515 Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis.

How to get help in Illinois

Illinois residents can call 800-782-7860 to report flood damage. Recovery resources are listed on the Recovery Illinois website.

For East St. Louis residents, Mason-Clark Middle School at 5510 State Street served as temporary housing through Friday morning for people who are displaced. Community Lifeline at 1764 State Street is a community drop-off site for food donations, clothing and toiletries.

A Multi-Agency Resource Center will open at East St. Louis High School Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

There is a Disaster Distress Hotline, 1-800-985-5990, for those needing mental health support. Behavorial Health Response also has a crisis support hotline at 314-469-6644.