Episcopal Relief & Development is in touch with the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri as it prepares to respond the needs of communities affected by tornadoes, flooding and severe weather this week.
At least 29 tornadoes touched down in the midwestern United States between early Wednesday and Thursday morning, including one which tore through Jefferson City, Missouri, destroying buildings and taking down power lines. To date, three people have been killed as a result of these storms and at least 20 people have been injured.
These storms come after tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding earlier this week caused damage to homes, buildings and infrastructure such as bridges and roadways.The National Weather Service expects additional thunderstorms and strong winds across the central United States on Thursday. Heavy rain on the already saturated ground will likely cause flooding into next week.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting dioceses on potential response efforts to the flooding across the Midwest this spring. The US Disaster team has reached out to diocesan leadership and will continue to monitor the situation in these communities.