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Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul poised to help those impacted by flooding

Sandbags were removed surrounding the S. Central Avenue business district at Dreyer Ave. in Eureka. The wall of sandbags reached 7-8 feet and were successful in helping with the flood. In a virtual replay of floods in the final week of December 2015, flooding along the Meramec River, its tributaries and the Mississippi River inundated the St. Louis area in the first week of May, closing Interstates 44 and 55 and turning Eureka and Fenton into islands. Homes and businesses from Pacific and points west to Arnold in the south and beyond were devastated.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has stepped in to assist in the long-term recovery efforts of those affected by recent flooding in the St. Louis region.

Hundreds of households and businesses in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have experienced damage from the flooding, many of them previously impacted by flooding in late December 2015/early January 2016.

“Faith moves mountains”

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In the midst of massive flooding in the first week of May, organized efforts and individual efforts helped in the emergency to save life and limb, homes and possessions, and businesses and inventory along the Meramec River — from Pacific in the west to Arnold in the south.

Two such efforts stand out as testaments to the brotherhood of man and to the power of prayer.

Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul poised to help those impacted by flooding

Sandbags were removed surrounding the S. Central Avenue business district at Dreyer Ave. in Eureka.  The wall of sandbags reached 7-8 feet and were successful in helping with the flood. In a virtual replay of floods in the final week of December 2015, flooding along the Meramec River, its tributaries and the Mississippi River inundated the St. Louis area in the first week of May, closing Interstates 44 and 55 and turning Eureka and Fenton into islands. Homes and businesses from Pacific and points west to Arnold in the south and beyond were devastated.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has stepped in to assist in the long-term recovery efforts of those affected by recent flooding in the St. Louis region.

Hundreds of households and businesses in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have experienced damage from the flooding, many of them previously impacted by flooding in late December 2015/early January 2016.

‘God is with us’

Floodwater from the Meramec River swamped homes in Pacific on May 2. Parishioners of affected parishes in Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park, Fenton, Arnold and other areas assisted with sand bagging and other prevention measures.

In a virtual replay of floods in the final week of December 2015, flooding along the Meramec River, its tributaries and the Mississippi River inundated the St. Louis area in the first week of May, closing Interstates 44 and 55 and turning Eureka and Fenton into islands. Homes and businesses from Pacific and points west to Arnold in the south and beyond were devasted.

Aid slowly makes its way to areas hit by hurricane

Destroyed homes are seen Oct. 6 after Hurricane Matthew passed through Jeremie, Haiti. Rescue workers are struggling to reach parts of Haiti cut off by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

WASHINGTON — Emergency aid slowly began to reach some of the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew in the country's picturesque southwest as reports of casualties slowly trickled in from communities cut off by the storm. In the United States, areas of North and South Carolina were still dealing with flooding resulting from the hurricane.

The number of deaths reached 1,000 on Oct. 9, five days after the storm's 145-mile-an-hour winds and torrential rains slammed into Haiti, according to a tally by Reuters based on conversations with local officials.

“The Courage to Love” bears fruit for the Annual Catholic Appeal

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The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal has raised nearly $14.9 million, exceeding its $13.5 million goal.

More than 51,000 households participated in the appeal, which provides funding for services and outreach in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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