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St. Louis Volunteer Coordinates Colorado Flood Aid

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - His work hours are supposed to be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but tell that to area Red Cross volunteer Don Barkley who is in Colorado to help flood victims.

“You don’t have much of a free moment,” Barkley said from his Denver office Tuesday.

At least half a dozen people have been killed in the Colorado flooding and others remain trapped or missing as flood waters begin to recede.

Barkley is a coordinator at the Denver office and oversees shelters in ten counties. He is up before dawn, has an hour-long commute, and hits the door running.

“I’m at the office at seven o’clock in the morning, I have an eight o’clock meeting, I have a nine o’clock meeting, I have a 9:30 meeting,” he said.

Then it is on to phone calls and e-mails for the rest of his day and night.

But Barkley says the story isn’t about him, it’s about providing food, clothing, and a place to sleep for the displaced in Colorado. The number of shelters in the state is 15, down from 23 at the peak of the flooding, most in gymnasiums and churches.

Barkley says residents have listened intently as he told tales of another historic flood, the Flood of 1993 which left parts of the St. Louis region underwater.

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