Catholics respond to help flood victims

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Stacy Kramer and her two children approached the faded-yellow mobile home where they lived until the flooded Meramec River inundated her neighborhood of Pacific in late December.

"That was...

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Sheri Mott, above, and Jay Grim currently live in a small trailer at the KOA campground, where Grim works. They were helped at a multi-agency resource center in Franklin County by Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and others. The MARCS assess needs of flood victims

Maureen Quinn put Sheri Mott and Jay Grim at ease as they sat across the table, even drawing smiles from the couple from Pacific left homeless by massive flooding along the Meramec River at the...

Though weeks have passed since massive flooding occurred in Missouri at the end of December, the trauma that it caused remains.

Catholic Family Services took part in the multi-agency...

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the recent flooding in our region and the on-going response of the Archdiocese...

There are two important points to consider when responding to disasters: Think long term and take part in a coordinated response.

It's human nature to rush out and collect items such as...

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The town of Pacific was hard hit when the Meramec River overflowed its banks. St. Bridget of Kildare Parish in Pacific had many victims and also produced many volunteer helpers. Efforst now turn to cleanup and caring for victims of the flood. Men hauled debris from a house.

Steve Flannery stood at the edge of his driveway, surrounded by furniture and household items and not far from clumps of debris stacked high in the street. Just a week earlier, the street and...

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Dixie Freeman, right, needed help to evacuate from her lower Valley Park house — along with her 94-year-old disabled mother, Nora Dell, two dogs and a cherished cockatiel — as flood waters approached the levee capacity. Dixie tried to explain to her mother that they needed to leave but her mother cried in fear, asking why she had to leave. Flooding along the Meramec River, along with other rivers in the area, created record flood levels in areas across the archdiocese.

At about 8:30 on a chilly morning, Mickey Downing of the Valley Park Fire Protection District went house-to-house in lower Valley Park, knocked on doors and asked people to evacuate for their...

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Before being closed then destroyed in the Great Flood of 1993, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belgique housed a plaque of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that was traditionally carried around the levee wall in the town when floods were expected. Before the flood waters could make their way south along the Mississippi River last month, members of the Gremaud family remembered the tradition, but one wanted a statue. Family members and Vincentian priests took the statue around the levee, asking for the Mary’s intercession to help the levee hold.

Perhaps it was merely coincidence.

Or perhaps not.

"I'd call it Providence," said Vincentian Father Robert Brockland, who along with Amy Naeger, her brother Neal Gremaud, St. Louisan...

Kimmswick flooding

The old French river town of Kimmswick stayed dry in the recent area-wide flooding, thanks to a herculean 24/7 operation fortifying the levee with 15,000 tons of rocks, diesel pumps removing...

A home off Lemay Ferry Road near the Meramec River was flooded along with many others along the Meramec. Heavy rains led to near-record and record crests on many rivers in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

A special collection will be taken up in all parishes in the archdiocese on the weekend of Jan. 16-17 to assist flood victims.

The funds will support Catholic Charities as it responds to...