Southeast Missouri Flood Response
On May 9, 2011 President Obama declared a major disaster for Missouri (DR 1980) in response to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011. In Mississippi County, the Birds Point levee was blown to protect the city of Cairo, IL but in turn flooded over 130,000 acres of farmland. 25 counties in Southeast Missouri were affected by the flooding. Much of this area was home to low-income residents that needed assistance. AmeriCorps St. Louis assisted with clean-up and restoration needs, managed volunteers, contributed to long-term recovery, and provided surge capacity to the United Way 2-1-1 system to coordinate assistance.