Friday, September 19, 2008

Hurricaine Ike's St. Louis Devastation

Ike make its way powerfully through much of the Midwest, causing power outages in Cincinnati, flooding in Chicago, and a good deal of damage in our own back yard as well.

I don't know why this hasn't received much media play around town but...

Here is the pertinent info from the U City Manager

On Sunday, 4.42 inches of rain fell in a very short period of time, causing flash flooding responsible for two fatalities, damage to hundreds of homes, and damage to city infrastructure and public facilities.
Thus far, the City condemned 275 homes; thirty have yet to be inspected, of the remaining homes, all but 10 single-family homes and 27 apartments have been cleared for re-entry. Assessments are underway to determine the full extent of the damage to public infrastructure and City-owned facilities. Public school buildings were damaged and are being assessed. The City and Red Cross are providing shelter and other emergency aide to flood victims. FEMA will arrive Friday morning for inspection.
Mayor Adams declared a State of Emergency on September 14, 2008. The declaration will be confirmed by City Council on September 22, 2008.

This Friday, September 19, from 7 AM to 1 PM at Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Blvd (the location of the still existing Red Cross Shelter), there will be an aide station set up to provide special assistance to flood victims. The County Department of Public Health will provide tetanus shots to individuals seven years and older on a first come first serve basis. The Community Action Agency will be there to provide vouchers for food, clothes and transportation. There is a plan to have some legal aide assistance there as well.

1 comment:

Zuz said...

For anyone looking to help out, here is some info...

The recent storm brought by Hurricane Ike left over 200 homes in University City flooded with water. Over 277 people are heavily impacted by the flooding and many others are impacted as well. AmeriCorps St. Louis is coordinating volunteer groups that can help muck out & sanitize homes so that residents can live safely in their properties again.

Who can help: Groups of volunteers are requested (e.g., a group of friends, student group, department, residential college community, etc.). AmeriCorps will be setting up special volunteer days for individual volunteers, but right now they are requesting groups that are already formed.

When you can help: Anytime you are available! Volunteers are needed this weekend (September 20-21), next week, and into the following weekend - as long as it takes to get the job done. Your group can designate the time and day you are available, and how long you can work.

How to prepare: Volunteers should be ready to work and to get dirty, and should wear close-toed shoes. AmeriCorps will supply dusk masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies. A Field Leader will provide an orientation.

How to sign up: Call 314.420.4170 or email (please do not reply to the person who is sending you this message!).

How to get there: Many areas in University City are accessible by foot, bike, or WUSTL bus. If your assigned location requires a car and you don't have one, but one of your group members is registered for the WeCar, you can use the WeCar Fund to pay for your WeCar rental.