AmeriCorps St. Louis Responds to Clarksville Flooding
The town of Clarksville, MO, is well known for its scenic views of the Mississippi River, but those views leave it susceptible to flooding when the mighty river overflows its banks. Recently, municipal leaders warned residents that the town would be unable to foot the bill for any sandbagging to prevent damage from rising waters. On July 2, a 14-member AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team answered the call to help the area that sits about 75 miles north of its home base, performing flood protection work in around Clarksville’s historic district, businesses, and homes. This marked the third time the Emergency Response Team has provided services to the town in 15 months. The latest reports from earlier this week found that AmeriCorps St. Louis members had served more than 1,072 hours, registered 268 volunteers, leveraged another 2,143 volunteers, and supervised 382 volunteers. The river has crested but a crew of five AmeriCorps members remained in the town to provide 24-hour monitoring of sandbag walls and pumps to ensure that all protective measures continue to function.
The national service family sends its thanks to the volunteers and especially AmeriCorps St. Louis for “getting things done” to protect Clarksville in the town’s time of need.View More