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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Flood relief HQ now in Rolla

  • The guest house behind the First Assembly of God Church on North Oak Street was a hive of activity Monday afternoon.
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  • The guest house behind the First Assembly of God Church on North Oak Street was a hive of activity Monday afternoon.
    The American Red Cross has been using the house as its new headquarters for flood relief efforts in Phelps County since last week.
    Before then, their headquarters were set up in St. Robert in Pulaski County.
    According to Red Cross volunteer leader Donna Zeilmann, relief efforts have focused on sending out their mobile feeding units to various locations throughout Phelps County.
    Their stops have included food and supply dropoffs in Newburg and the Sugar Tree Road area. She added that many of the meals for those people affected by the flood in need have come from area restaurants.
    "All the volunteers here are Missouri volunteers. We did not draw from out of state. We have volunteers here from St. Louis, Lebanon, Springfield and Jefferson City who are helping the flood victims here," said  Zeilmann who has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 20 years.
    A group of volunteers from Lebanon noted that they have been impressed with the coordination of the relief efforts in the area.
    "Everybody is coming together and working hand-in-hand along with all the agencies," said Treva Boulch who has been with the Red Cross for several years now.
    "This very resilient community and we have supported the resilience that already exists here," noted volunteer David Sewell. "It is a very tight knit group here that helps their own.”

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