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State requests federal disaster declaration for St. Louis, to access federal relief

Gov. Mike Parson asked the federal government on Thursday for a major disaster declaration in order to seek federal assistance for St. Louis and surrounding areas in response to the flash flooding on July 25 and 27. If the request is approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency can activate federal funding programs to help affected residents here.

“St. Louis’ first responders, volunteers, and community leaders have worked countless hours to provide necessary services and information to our residents impacted by last week’s devastating floods,” Mayor Tishaura Jones said. “We will continue to work closely with our state and federal partners as we put our city on the path to recovery.”

After deploying mobile command centers for the past week in the city’s hard-hit neighborhoods, city officials shifted their efforts to the state’s Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC). These centers help flood survivors connect with organizations that can assist with insurance information, legal services, food stamps and emergency financial assistance.

Friendly Temple Church, 5515 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, is hosting a MARC on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents should bring proof of their current address. Child care will be provided. People interested in attending are encouraged by the Missouri State Emergency Agency (SEMA) to register in advance online [].

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help the MARC activities is encouraged to visit []. Opportunities include assisting clients with necessary registration, directing traffic, greeting clients as they enter, and distributing water and other resources.

Anyone who have items to donate, either individually or in bulk, should deliver them to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis location at 8960 Jennings Station Road in Jennings. Donations may be made Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 314-388-9840, Ext 115, ahead of time to coordinate the drop-off of supplies.

Check out for the city’s latest flood relief efforts and connections to community organizations.

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