University City’s multi-agency resource center reaches capacity in hours; provide aid to flood victims
UNIVERSITY CITY (KMOV) – Multi-agency resource centers are opening across the region to help those affected by historic flooding. Representatives from the state government, nonprofit and religious disaster relief organizations are at the centers.
The Florissant center closed early on Wednesday, leading to larger groups at Thursday’s center at University City.
The University City Resource Center opened at 3 p.m., with people lining up as early as 9 a.m. By 5 p.m. the center had reached capacity and started turning people away.
Tava Ross came to the center after leaving work at 6 a.m., hoping for help. Instead, she was turned away.
Ross says his basement filled with water, destroying his washer, dryer and other belongings.
“I’m a little upset but I mean, I guess that’s what it is,” Ross says. “I’m not the only one affected. Maybe they weren’t prepared for so many people or didn’t think so many people were affected.
Ross says she will have to try to get to one of the resource centers that will open on Friday or Saturday when she gets off work.
“I’m still hopeful,” Ross said. “I’ll try to get here if I can or wherever, but otherwise that’s what it is.”
Unfortunately, stories of total loss were common for people waiting in line.
Phillipistine Sims’ basement flooded with water, causing water to fill the ground floor of her home.
“Water was flowing through my doors,” Sims says. “My front door and my side door like a fire hydrant was on.”
Sims says it was terrifying to wake up on Tuesday morning. Although Sims lost cars, clothes, and furniture in the flood, it’s the irreplaceable items that matter most.
“My mom passed away from COVID in January and I had so many photos of her and memories,” Sims says. “All of this will go away.
U-City resident Deborah Washington spent hours queuing, desperate for any help she could get.
“If it’s something that will help me restore what I’ve lost or get closer to what I’ve lost, then I’ll stick with it,” Washington says. “I mean I have no choice. I have a family.”
For Washington, she has lived in University City for 25 years and has never seen anything like this before.
“Pray that we can get through this because I don’t think this will be the last,” Washington said. “I really do not know.”
Despite waiting in the heat and rain for help, Sims is just grateful to have survived.
“I thank God for everything he’s done for me,” Sims says.
Other centers will open in St. Louis and east of St. Louis Friday through Sunday.
Fri. Aug. 5, 3-8 p.m., Friendly Temple, 5515 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130 Saturday. August 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friendly Temple, 5515 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130
East of Saint-Louis:
Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., East St. Louis High School, 4901 State St., East St. Louis, IL — United Way is coordinating with partner agencies, including city, county, and district officials. the state. Sunday, August 7, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., East St. Louis High School, 4901 State St., East St. Louis, IL — United Way is coordinating with partner agencies, including city, county, and state officials. ‘State.
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