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Local Agencies Provide Relief in St Louis Area


Two charities from Southwest Missouri are in St Louis, helping residents recover from two storms that blew through last week, knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Two charities from Southwest Missouri are in St Louis, helping residents recover from two storms that blew through last week, knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses.

Springfield-based Convoy of Hope and Nixa-based Compassion Alliance have been in the area since last week.

Both groups plan to stay as long as their services are needed and both groups came in at the request of government officials...Ameren U-E has announced that most residents in the St Louis area should have power completely restored by today (Wednesday).

Convoy of Hope is working in the East St Louis area, providing water and meals.

Compassion Alliance is doing similar work in other parts of the affected area.

Chad Holgerson is Vice President of Disaster Relief for Compassion Alliance, which is based in Nixa.

He says he's put his logistical expertise to use in the St Louis area.

Holgerson says he state officials have asked him to expand his operation to include St. Francis County.

He says even with power being restored, residents still need some help.

Holgerson says even though Compassion Alliance works with the state to deal with disasters, it receives no funding from the government and relies on private donations.

Convoy of Hope also relies heavily on private gifts and contributions.

Jeff Nene is director of media and communications for the organization.

He says with the response to East St Louis, there's a need to replenish the group's warehouse.

Information on Convoy of Hope is available at convoyofhope.org

And information on Compassion Alliance is available online at compassionalliance.org