Commissioners mull Midwest aid Money would go toward flood relief

September 01, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll's county commissioners may establish a fund to collect donations from residents and businesses to help victims of the Midwest floods.

"There's a lot of people willing to start helping out," said public works employee Patrick Hill, who is leading the effort.

He talked with the commissioners yesterday about where to send the money.

Mount Airy Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr. has suggested that his town and county could work together to help residents of Alexandria, Mo., a town of about 500 people at the confluence of the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers.

Mr. Johnson traveled to Alexandria Aug. 20-22 to present a $5,000 check to help residents.

Mr. Hill said he planned to talk to Mr. Johnson last night and see a videotape the mayor made in Missouri.

Mr. Hill also suggested that the county could send money to Jefferson County, Mo., south of St. Louis. The county borders the Mississippi River and has a population of about 170,000.

The damage "is so tremendous and widespread," he said of the Midwest floods.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said Carroll could establish a fund and later decide where to send the money.

"It should go where there's the greatest need," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy.

The money might be needed to build temporary shelters for people who have lost their homes, said Commissioner Julia W. Gouge.

Earlier this month, Mr. Hill suggested sending county workers and equipment to help with the cleanup.

Yesterday, he said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is coordinating the cleanup and does not need that kind of help. Money is needed now, he said.

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