Flood waters in Arnold receding; city planning clean-up efforts

At least 169 homes have been affected by the flooding, and that number could rise.

ARNOLD, MO. - At least 169 homes in Arnold have been impacted by the flooding, and that number could rise, according to city officials.

As the water begins to recede, the City of Arnold is making preparations to help residents with clean-up.

Thursday afternoon, a donation distribution center opened at the Arnold Recreation Center pool. Anyone affected by the flood can pick up free cleaning supplies that were donated by companies, including Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart, and organizations the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.

Residents can pick up anything from shovels to paper towels to bleach. The address is 1695 Missouri State Road.

“I feel it’s important to have some degree of hope, and in order to feel you have some control, I think you’ve got to start somewhere. I’m hoping we can give them a start with the clean-up,” said Theresa Kohut, with the Arnold Parks and Rec Department.

Also, crews from Missouri American Water have been pumping sewers across the city. They’re hoping to keep water out of homes that are dry and prevent any more water from coming into  already-flooded basements.

Ameren crews are going from house to house, restoring power where it is possible.

Homeowners who want power restored need to be home for that process, according to city officials.

City officials also encourage residents with any flood damage to contact the city as soon as possible, as they are starting to compile lists and work with their state and federal partners.

Starting Friday, the city is also going to coordinate another volunteer effort, for anyone who wants to help remove sandbags or help with donations.

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