St. Louis Emergency Management Agency announces storm plan

3:37 AM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Emergency Management Agency gave an update Wednesday night their latest plan for the storm.

The agency's biggest concern is ice and subsequent power outages. Representatives from Ameren briefed the EMA, saying the company has 1,500 additional crew members standing by to be dispatched to the hardest hit areas. And 1,200 of those crew members are lineman and tree trimmers.

Ameren officials said the crews were told to pack a bag and be ready to stay overnight for 3-4 days if needed.

The head of the St. Louis City Streets Department recommended people stay off the road after 12 p.m. Thursday.

As far as the MetroLink system goes, buses, trains, and Call-A-Ride will be business as usual, weather permitting. Mayor Francis Slay says city employees should plan on coming to work on Thursday morning but he does not anticipate they will work past noon.

"This just may be an issue where it's bad driving and that's it, nothing more than that. But, we can't be sure and it's important that we get together ahead of time like we are today and plan for the worst possible scenario," said Mayor Slay.


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