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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • First day of Multi-Agency Relief Center busy

  • People affected by recent flooding in South Central Missouri packed the Multi-Agency Relief Center's (MARC) opening day.
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  • WAYNESVILLE — People affected by recent flooding in South Central Missouri packed the Multi-Agency Relief Center's (MARC) opening day today at Waynesville's Westside Baptist Church.
    "It started off really busy," said Phillip Iman, the deputy director of the American Red Cross's disaster response efforts in the area. "Hopefully we are able to answer as many questions as we can."
    As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 120 families came through registration and had their needs assessed.
    Volunteers from across the area worked as ambassadors escorting individuals to the relief agency tables.
    A team of Red Cross volunteer casworkers, those who meet directly with clients to determine their needs came from Lebanon. Other Red Cross volunteers came from the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City and Moberly to assist at the MARC.
    An emergency response vehicle from Springfield was on site to distribute clean up items and water to clients.
    One man, from the state of California who was visiting a relative in Waynesville, volunteered to be a greeter.
    Members and coaches, about 70 people, from Mary Institute Country Day School in St. Louis came to Waynesville to volunteer and helped cleanup at the city park.
    "The volunteers have just been fantastic," Iman said. "It's always that way in situations like this."
    The MARC will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.
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