Salvation Army, Red Cross Assist Displaced Branson Families After Storms

By Matt Lupoli |

Published 06/05 2014 09:44PM

Updated 06/06 2014 04:30AM

BRANSON, Mo. -- About 30 families displaced from their extended-stay hotel rooms by strong storms Thursday were helped by the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and a grant put in place early in the year.

"When it peeled back the roof, of course the concrete slabs were still there but water still came through the ceiling and into the building," Greenbrier Inn owner Jeff Justice said.  "We had to evacuate that building and get everyone out of there and up front to safety."

Thankfully, no one was hurt. The damage only affected the extended-stay portion of the hotel compound. The building used to serve nightly guests was unaffected and is operating as usual.

"Nothing collapsed," Justice said. "We are having to find new places for them to live or stay -- short term or long term -- while we make repairs. "

A $7,500 grant just put in place early in 2014 arms the Salvation Army with what they need to step in at times like this one.

"We're taking individuals for some type of reason whether it's today like at the Greenbrier being displaced because of the storm, or being evicted or any other variety of issues and placing them in temporary motel stays and working with them on more permanent housing," Lt. Shawn Debaar said.

Debaar said Branson city leaders approached the Salvation Army about taking over the emergency housing needs through the special grant.

"We were happy to respond," Debaar said.

The Red Cross will also assist some of the extended-stay guests with more permanent solutions. Justice said because of the water damage, the full repairs could take weeks or months.

"We just thank Branson for supporting these people and coming out and checking on us today," Justice said.

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