CANALOU, MO (KFVS) - Over a year after devastating flooding and tornados, long term recovery work continues through the American Red Cross. Unbelievably, the Red Cross continues to organize work at 30 different locations in almost every Heartland county.
They do it by bringing in workers from across the country. We caught up with teams in Scott and New Madrid county.
"These people have been through so much!" said Sean Dodd, a volunteer from Colorado.
Thirteen groups continue repairs in almost every southeast Missouri county.
They are brought in through partnerships with the Red Cross and numerous charities. Often they are from across the country, this group's out of Colorado and based in Michigan. They are split into two teams working in Canalou and Benton.
"We are encouraged by how welcomed we've been and how great it is to be able to help someone in some small way," said Kurt Naber, a volunteer working in Benton.
The group is called the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee.
"If we can make an impact in a couple of people's lives that's all that really matters," said Lindsay Baumgartner, a volunteer working in Benton.
"Missouri just has a lot of people in need here," said Dodd.
Repair work includes roofs that still need shingles, floors rotted by rain and flood waters, and so much more.
"The lady we are helping, we are doing all this for her and she wants to give us food and we are like you are the one that needs help you don't have to do this for us," said Baumgartner.
The Red Cross works to organize projects in the summer when school are out and families and groups have time to give. They contact the Red Cross or one of their partners and they are matched up with a project in need.
"You really get a reality check doing something like this and helping somebody else," said Baumgartner.
As soon as the disaster hits, Red Cross teams begin planning for long term recovery, knowing more need could be around the corner. Workers hope the giving spirit is infectious to take care of the ever present need.
"Hopefully others in this community and others will be aware of the help needed here and pitch in as well," said Naber. "Hopefully they will do their part."
People say they are so thankful the volunteers just keep coming.
The Red Cross really needs donations of supplies. They also need food to feed workers, money, and more volunteers.
If you want to help just contact the Red Cross and they will point you or your group toward a project in need.