Magazine article VFW Magazine

Missouri Post Aids in Flood-Relief Efforts

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Missouri Post Aids in Flood-Relief Efforts

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Rising river levels and flooding across Missouri in May prompted the closure of major highways statewide and resulted in at least five deaths. As the National Guard, Coast Guard and volunteers worked to sandbag and assist in flood-relief efforts, VFW Posts were there to help.

Post 5468 in Eureka, Mo., nearly 30 miles southwest of St. Louis, provided water and donuts to workers and donated $200 to the Eureka Disaster Relief Committee.

Post Commander Rich Sax, who served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1969 on the USS Bon Homme Richard as a boilerman, said he and Post 5468 Adjutant/Quartermaster Samuel Weber surveyed the flood damage shortly after it began.

The Meramec River near Eureka crested at 46.11 feet on May 3, making it the highest crest on record since the 46.06 feetrecord from 2015.

"It was similar to the way the last flood [in December 2015] was in spots," Sax said. "I know it was probably a little bit higher. …

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