Major Relief Groups Face Slow-Moving Pileup After Missouri Tornadoes, Midwest Floods

Charities rushing to help thousands who fled powerful tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest say they have nowhere to go with donations of clothing, food and other items that have poured in.

Noah Berger, of the Salvation Army, says shelters have been emptied of coats, pantyhose and bedding.

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“If somebody comes in with socks or underwear or other monetary donations we want them to be able to give us a call to see what’s needed,” Berger said.

The disaster response group worked to meet the needs of victims after the March tornadoes that killed 17 people in the southern U.S.

Among the areas hardest hit by the Midwest storms were Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. Officials are saying the number of people killed is expected to rise after the worst of the storms moved out of the region.

There are nearly 2,000 people staying in shelters, many of them in Indiana. And some are convinced the recovery could be made easier if Indiana were to install metal roofs over homes.

Leigh Beazer is living in a hotel in St. Joseph, Indiana, while she tries to find a temporary house. The tin roof of her damaged home is a constant reminder that she’s not in the home of her dreams.

“Our little house is the second story, and now we have a tile ceiling to stand on,” she said.

At least seven deaths have been attributed to the severe storms.

More than 100 homes have been destroyed and 15 more damaged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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