Alexander Co. officials counting on volunteer relief efforts

Meeting held to discuss volunteer efforts in Alexander Co. in coming weeks

OLIVE BRANCH, IL (KFVS) - Volunteer help may be on the way for folks cleaning up in Alexander County, Illinois.

Church leaders from southeast Missouri met with county officials on Thursday night, January 7.

They discussed how to maximize volunteer efforts for the cleanup in the coming weeks.

"We're trying to come up with how much damage is done and how much help these people are going to need," chaplain Kevin Seabaugh said.

County officials say about 50 homes, that's buildings where people were living, plus many more outer structures were damaged by the recent flood.

They say they're taking any help they can get to rebuild.

"It helps a lot because we are financially strapped, $1.6 million in the hole right now so any volunteers that come in that's something we don't have to come up with," County Chairman Chalen Tatum.

Tatum said once the damaged is assessed, volunteer efforts will be focused on those who need it most.

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