Cavalia Horses Return To St. Louis After Storm

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A wet and wild weekend of weather for the Midwest is long gone. A few quieter days are on tap for us, but others are still recovering from the storms.

Forty-five horses living in tents at the Cavalia show had to get out of harms way when the fierce winds and storms threatened the area.

Crews took the animals to Arch View Stables in Belleville to ride out the storm.

Monday morning the horses galloped back into their homes downtown to get ready for shows later this week.

This weekend`s wet and windy weather made life miserable for some homeowners.

“This hole here had just this fine mist of water coming out and this whole area was saturated with water,” said Candice Mehmetl, describing the damage she has in her basement in O’Fallon, Mo., to an estimator from Woods Basement Systems.

About a quarter inch of what neighbors say was a five inch deluge found its way into Mehmetl’s basement through a pinhole in one wall, and a foundation crack in another, soaking into a few wooden shelves and ruining her late husband`s collection of gardening books.

Crews from Woods Basement Systems are getting a flood of calls from flooded homeowners.

“Concrete will crack and over time and especially since we had this large downpour water will find its way in,” said Dave Thompson from Woods Basement Systems.

“If it is a foundation crack, it is only a matter of time before they leak so if you have one you might want to fix it before you get things ruined in your basement,” Thompson said.

Meanwhile, in Overland, the trouble was above ground.

A lightening strike caused a small fire at the offices of The St. Louis Chinese American News.

Firefighters put it out quickly, and the damage was minor.