The St. Louis metro experienced record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday, July 26, causing flooding throughout the area. At least 400 people had to be rescued and the deluge caused one fatality after a car was submerged and trapped by the flood waters. Several highways and train systems were covered with water, and the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency.
According to the National Weather Service, more than 9 inches of rain fell Monday night into Tuesday in St. Louis, surpassing the city’s highest 24-hour rainfall total on record, which was set on August 19-20, 1915 with 7.02 inches. This is more than the normal 7.31 inches that typically fall in July and August combined. In the St. Louis metro, about 6 to 10 inches of rain fell from midnight to 6 a.m.
Heart to Heart International reached out to partners in the area affected by the flooding. We have had a long-standing partnership with the Missouri Primary Care Association that helps us coordinate with local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Missouri. The association requested hygiene kits for three clinics located in St. Louis. A shipment of 2,300 hygiene kits is being sent to these clinics to help support their efforts to aid those affected by the flooding.
Heart to Heart International continues to monitor needs and talk with partners to determine if any more aid is needed.