ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) — The number of deaths from the heat in the City of St. Louis stands at three, and with no relief in sight, some are worried there could be many more.
The first victim was discovered Saturday morning. She was a 74 year old woman living in the Gentry’s Landing apartments downtown.
Her name has not been released but reportedly she had working central air conditioning but did not turn it on.
The second victim was found Saturday afternoon. 80 year old Willie Hall died in his 2nd floor apartment in the 2000 block of East College. Hall had a window air conditioner, but was not using it.
The third victim was found Sunday morning. 83 year old Orena Brown died in her home in the 5900 block of Mimika. She had an air conditioner that was turned on, but not working well.
If you need help, or the location of a cooling center, information about both is available by simply dialing 2-1-1. That is the number to the United Way call center.
They have seen their call volume increase by 1000 over the past week, compared to the week before. They encourage everyone not just to check on the elderly or disabled with a phone call, but to also make a personal visit.
“Make sure you are having a conversation with them, that they are coherent, that they actually understand the questions you are asking them about how they are feeling and sometimes you can’t just take their word for it,” said Cheryl Polk, Executive Vice President of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. “It is good to be able to eyeball them, touch their skin and make sure they are actually okay.”
The United Way operators can also assist callers apply for assistance with their utility bills.
Cooling centers are open to help period of excessive heat. A full and updated list of cooling centers can be found here.
If you need an air conditioner or help with your electric bills contact Cool Down St. Louis at (314) 241-7668 or the United Way at 211.
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