Flood victims lined up over night to be the first to visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Pacific Monday, two weeks after devastating flooding.
For the first hour and a half after the doors were open at 11 a.m., one person, or family, per minute was registered using a specialized checklist to help prioritize needs of visitors.
Franklin County Assistant EMA Director Stephanie Norton said the flow of visitors was steady all day and some actually had to be turned away.
“In all, we signed up 129 families,” Norton said. “That equates to 354 individuals. We had so many people, we were not able to close at 7 p.m. like we had planned.”
Norton added since the MARC was intended to be regional, not all of those who visited the MARC were from Franklin County.
“We had some people from Jefferson and St. Louis counties also,” Norton said. “Franklin County residents can also visit the MARCs in House Springs and Arnold.”
The MARC, set up at the Pacific Eagles Hall, featured 25 different agencies offering help to victims.
Norton said she was pleased with the attendance at the MARC from both flood victims and groups who signed up to offer assistance.
“The word got out well,” Norton said. “Everyone was actually surprised by the attendance. I was told this MARC has had the highest attendance so far.”
Agencies on site included several from the state, including the Department of Mental Health, Attorney General’s Office, and the Departments of Insurance, Economic Development, Agriculture, Health and Senior Services, Social Services and Natural Resources.
Well-known disaster recovery agencies, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Americorps, joined with local groups like the Pacific Lions Club, Jefferson Franklin Community Action group and the University of Missouri Extension, were represented as well.
Several charitable organizations also attended the MARC.
including Catholic Charities, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Agape House, Children’s Disaster Services and Tzi Chi Foundation.
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