Week of Compassion is currently monitoring Saint Louis and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, after a weekend of severe weather.
A tornado struck Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport, causing significant damage and closing the airport. Neighborhoods in Maryland Heights, a suburb of Saint Louis, were also affected. Thus far, there have been no reports of Disciples churches or members affected. We are keeping a close watch on the situation to see if needs emerge, and we are currently exploring ways to partner with the Disciples Southeast Gateway Area Office in order to offer a wider community response.
Nearby, the small community of Poplar Bluff, MO, is facing what is being described as an “imminent failure” of a compromised levee along the Black River. 1000 of the approximately 17,000 residents have been evacuated. Week of Compassion has been in touch with the two Disciples churches in Poplar Bluff, and we are keeping abreast of the situation. Rain is continuing to fall in the area, so the levee’s ability to hold may not be known until later this evening.
Please continue to keep the community of Poplar Bluff and all others affected by severe weather this year in your prayers. This is certain not to be the last instance of severe weather to impact a community during the current storm season. If you would like to help us prepare for upcoming responses, please contribute here.
Thanks, as always, for your partnership in this ministry. Your support helps provide relief for folks facing displacement and recovery from these—and many other—disasters.