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Volunteers Answer Call to Help in St. Joseph

Wednesday morning, phone calls poured into the United Way from people wanting to help with flooding relief efforts.
Volunteers lined up early Wednesday morning in St. Joseph, ready to help with sandbagging efforts.

By 8 o'clock, phone calls were pouring into the United Way from people wanting to help in anyway they can as the threat of flooding continues along the Missouri River.

"Our role is to help match volunteers with where they can be of best service," said Kylee Strough, United Way.

The City of St. Joseph put out the call for volunteers to help fill sandbags over the next couple of days.

Volunteers must:
-Be at least 16 years old and have a photo I.D.
-Wear appropriate attire including closed-toe shoes and gloves
-Be willing to commit to 2 hour shifts
-Be able to lift 25 lbs.

Area officials have been meeting at the Civic Arena to coordinate emergency operations.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is currently releasing water at 140,000 cubic feet per second. By mid-June, the water will increase to 150,000 cfs. The Corps estimates the Missouri river will rise between 27 and 34 feet in St. Joseph.

"At 25 feet we will have to close Waterworks Road to local traffic only. We will ask for voluntary evacuations. At 27 feet, we will issue a mandatory evacuation for that area," said Mary Robertson, City of St. Joseph.

Volunteers will meet at 6th and Atchison Thursday morning at 7 o'clock. The sandbagging will continue through Sunday evening.

The United Way has asked that if area agencies are in need of volunteers, they contact the agency to let them know.

For more information log onto the United Way's website.
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