Red Cross Hosts Event to Help Tornado-Stricken Towns in Missouri and Illinois | Regional

Jeff Schroeder, of Anna, Ill., Looks at the debris strewn around a house in his sister’s neighborhood in St. Mary, Missouri, after a tornado hit the area on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Schroeder was picking up his sister whose house was badly damaged. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]

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Morgan Bailey describes the tornado that hit Fredericktown. Video by Colter Peterson / Post-Dispatch

ST. MARY, Mo. – The American Red Cross will host a “one-stop-shop” Monday to provide relief services to families affected by tornadoes that hit southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois last month .

The organization will partner with other nonprofits and government offices on a multi-agency resource center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Trinity Baptist Church, 500 Mulberry Street, in St. Mary, Missouri, the one of the many communities devastated by five tornadoes that swept through the region. October 24.

People do not need to be residents of St. Mary’s to receive help, but they must provide proof of address to show they live in an area affected by tornadoes, officials said. the Red Cross.

Monday’s St. Mary’s resource center follows at least two more that took place last week in the Missouri communities of Fredericktown and Farmington. Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo said 330 people whose homes had been destroyed or damaged received assistance during the events.

Five tornadoes – including two strong storms with winds of at least 150 mph – hit several counties south of the St. Louis area, damaging several homes and businesses and chopping down trees and power lines. The hardest hit areas included Fredericktown and St. Mary in Missouri, and Chester, Illinois, according to damage surveys conducted after the storms.

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