St. Louis Recovering from Worst Storm Ever
Downtown light poles and traffic lights snapped in two.The Eads Bridge was shut down because of debris from the collapse of a brick wall at the old Switzer Licorice Factory. A shower of bricks rained down on people inside a Soulard bar, injuring three of them.
In midtown, downed trees blocked streets. The St. Louis University campus was buffeted. Roofing blew off Sumner High School and landed in heaps in the schoolyard.
Stranded travelers at Lambert Airport ended up sitting in a hot, sticky, dark terminal when their flights were canceled due to the power outages. On the Chain of Rocks Bridge, three tractor-trailers blew over on their sides, and their drivers had to be rescued from the perilous perch.
In Illinois, Alton Memorial Hospital lost power, and the city's residents found homes and vehicles damaged by falling trees and branches. Thursday afternoon, Gov. Blunt declared a state of emergency for St. Louis and ordered National Guard troops to help clean up debris and take residents to cooling centers.
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